Justin Rivest Defends Thesis on Pharmaceutical Monopolies

Congratulations to Justin Rivest, Ph.D., who recently defended his dissertation, "Secret Remedies and the Rise of Pharmaceutical Monopolies in France during the First Global Age." Justin's dissertation is a study of early pharmaceutical monopolies in France, circa 1680-1740. It explores the links between chymical medicine, the arrival of new therapeutic substances in Europe, and the emergence of large-scale pharmaceutical supply contracting. It focuses particularly on the careers of a small set of vendors who built large-scale pharmaceutical supply relationships with bulk consumers, such as the French military, long-distance trading companies, and missionary organizations.

From left to right: Prof. Gianna Pomata, Justin Rivest, Prof. Mary Fissell, Prof. Jeremy Greene, and Prof. Michael Kwass.