Sample drugs sent to doctors, 1962.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of drug samples sent as samples to doctors in Britain in the early 1960s, taken for 'The People' in 1962. There was concern that doctors were too influenced by drug companies, prescribing drugs to patients whether they really needed them or not. The introduction of 'wonderdrugs' such as penicillin during the middle of the twentieth century led to a belief that drugs would eventually be able to treat a wide variety of ills, both physical and mental. Although great advances were made some drugs proved to be of little use whilst others proved to be dangerous or addictive. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.