Metzl offers a "psychoanalysis" of meprobamate, diazepam, and fluoxetine. He synthesizes drug marketing efforts, declarations of psychiatric ideologues, psychiatrists writing for lay publications, and journalistic pieces about psychiatry. He finds that during the psychoanalytic era there were dramatic, recurrent representations of a female patient and a male psychiatrist. He asserts that each of the psychotropic wonder drugs in its own era promised to help women to find a life mate, become better lovers, or restore their maternal nurturance and thereby restore men to their rightful effectiveness in the family. He concludes that traditional patriarchal gender hierarchies have inconspicuously reappeared within biological psychiatry and that the new paradigm, ironically, is as antifeminist as the previous one.