Le Médicament comme Objet Social

Johanne Collin

MÉOS Team leader

Johanne Collin is a sociologist, historian, and professor in the Médicament et santé des populations program at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Université de Montréal. She is also director of MÉOS since its inception in 2003. Her doctoral thesis, published in 1995 (Changement d’ordonnance. Editions Boréal, 1995), examined the history of pharmacy in Quebec (1880-1980) and the transformation of the profession of pharmacist within the rapid development of the multinational pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century. She later completed postdoctoral work at the Institut de recherche sur les sociétés contemporaines (CNRS, Paris) and at McGill University (Department of Social Studies of Medicine). From 1995 to 2007, she was a research fellow of the Conseil québécois de la recherche sur la société et culture (CQRS / FQRSC). Her research program is entirely devoted to the history and sociology of medications. She has published numerous books and scientific papers, which have earned her many honours including admittance to the Académie internationale d’histoire de la pharmacie in 1999 and reception of the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award (co-authored) in medical sociology in 2001.

Her research focuses on three themes: 1) therapeutic reasoning, clinical practice, and professional dynamics regarding prescription medicine; 2) secular logic (therapeutic and non-therapeutic) around the use of prescription medicine in contemporary Western societies; 3) psychotropic drugs and the new sociality. In 2006, she published Le Médicament au cœur de la socialité contemporaine (PUQ, 2006) and is currently completing a research project on the circulation of knowledge about prescription medicine in the mass media and the Internet (CIHR). She has also begun a research project on the history of nervous disorders and depression in Québec (1860-1920), resulting in a genealogy of depression up to the present day.

CONTACT :

Civil Adress :
Faculté de pharmacie, Université de Montréal
SECTEUR : socio-économie du médicament
2940, chemin de Polytechnique
Pavillon Jean-Coutu, local 2250
Montréal (Québec), H3T 1J4

Post Adress :
Case postale 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7
TÉLÉPHONE AU TRAVAIL : 514-343-7145
TÉLÉCOPIEUR AU TRAVAIL : 514-343-5691
COURRIEL : johanne.collin@umontreal.ca

Main publications on prescription drugs :

COLLIN J. « Relations de sens et relations de fonction : risque et médicament ». Sociologie et société, XXXIX(1)99-122, printemps 2007.

COLLIN J, OTERO M, MONNAIS L (eds.). Le médicament au cœur de la socialité contemporaine. Regards croisés sur un objet complexe. Collection Problèmes Sociaux Intervention Sociale, Ste-Foy, Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2006, 300 p.

COHEN D, MCCUBBIN M, COLLIN J, PÉRODEAU G. « Medications as social phenomena ». Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine, 5(4):441-469,2001.

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