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Food + Drugs of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s

Timeline created by LaLiLu in History
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Timeline small square Harvey Washington Wiley became head Chemist at Division of Chemistry Washington Wiley was a strong advocate for the Food and Drug act, his dicision's bureau made many aware of the dangers of the food they were purchasing and consuming, he was considered the father of the food and drug act.
Timeline small square Aspirin and Heroine Invented Invented by Felix Hoffman of Bayer, Aspirin and Heroine were invented to help remedy the pain caused by arthiritis. It was not until 1920 that the federal government banned Heroine becuase of its addictive properties
Timeline small square Biologics Control Act Over a dozen children dying to contaminated vaccinations led to the passing of this act which established the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, setting a nation wide precedent for regulation of biologic products.
Timeline small square Two babies killed from unsafe vaccines Two babies were killed after getting vaccines due to contamination, around the same time 13 children in St. Louis, Missouri were killed from a contaminated tetanus shot. This happened because there was no proper method of checking the vaccines to see if they were safe.
Timeline small square Coca Cola Caffine replaces cocaine in Coca Cola products. It is still highly addictive, but deemed safe.
Timeline small square 11 Article Series About The Medicine Industry Samuel Hopkins Adams wrote a series of articles for Collier's Weekly where he shined light upon the medicine industry and their corrupt practices. Contributed to the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Timeline small square The Jungle is Published The Jungle, a book written by Upton Sinclair to help encourage citizens of the US to improve labor and union rights, instead lead to increased awareness of the unsanitarily conducted meat business. Hence Sinclair's statement: "I aimed for the reader's heart, and hit him in the stomach".
Timeline small square Pure Food and Drugs Act The Pure Food and Drug Act was released alongside the Meat Inspection Act by Teddy Roosevelt, and required labeling of products with drugs such as heroine and cocaine.
Timeline small square FDA was established The FDA was established to ensure the Food and Drug Act
Timeline small square Meat Inspection Act Teddy Roosevelt passed this landmark act within months of The Jungle's publication and tsunami like popularity. A direct result of publication of The Jungle.
Timeline small square A.M.A. Chemical Labratory Established The A.M.A. establishes and opens its own chemical laboratory to test the safety of drug products.
Timeline small square Milk pasteurization in Chicago Milk pasteurization becomes mandatory for all milk that was to be sold in Chicago.
Timeline small square Influenza Pandemic (1918-1919) An influenza pandemic kills 15 million people throughout the world, around 600,000 are in the United States.
Timeline small square The Johns Hopkins Schooll discovers mercuro­chrome The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discovers mercuro­chrome, a widely used antiseptic. Eighty years later, the U.S. F.D.A. deems it not particularly safe due to fears of mercury poisoning.
Timeline small square Heart Disease spreads Heart disease becomes the leading cause of death in the United States, a main contributor to this can be poor medical help and poor diet and unsafe food.
Timeline small square Discovery of Insulin Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin, which helps the body control the level of sugar in the bloodstream and make life easier for diabetes patients.