Contributions Of The 1960s Counterculture Movement

2552 Words Nov 19th, 2014 11 Pages
Michael Betti
Dr. Love
English 103
19 November 2014

The Contributions of the 1960s Counterculture Movement to Developments in Modern Medicine
In today’s society, the 1960s are most commonly remembered for the counterculture, a period of social revolution and self-liberation. However, in addition to the commonly discussed social effects of the counterculture, there were also several notable effects of the movement on the medical field. While some of these new medical developments, such as the growth of recreational drug use and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, proved to be a setback for society, others would end up paving the way for further developments in modern medicine. The 1960s advancements in transplants, vaccinations, cancer treatments, and emergency procedure have proven to be timeless to the medical community; they are as relevant today as they were half a century ago. The counterculture of the 1960s has been described as a “culture of rejuvenation” (Braunstein and Doyle 1618). It is commonly characterized as a time of self-liberation, a time of experimentation and challenge to previously held beliefs. One practice that became increasingly common during the 1960s was the recreational use of drugs. Because the use of drugs eventually became such an integral part of the counterculture, drug addiction soon became a common affliction for which patients were treated in hospitals. This can clearly be seen by comparing the Public Health Service…
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