DES in Australia: Trial and Error in an Age of Innocence

We are often told by the authorities that DES wasn't used much here in Australia, that DES was "an American thing". A review of the promotion of oestrogenic products in medical journals of 1949-1950 dispels this myth

References
1. M Vickers DES -The Wonder Drug We Should Wonder About. Health Action Nov/Dec 1985
2. C Laitman Orenberg DES: The Complete Story New York:St Martin's Press 1981
3. RH Thorp The British Pharmacopoeia from the Viewpoint of the Pharmacologist. MJA 5 August 1950; vol.2 no.6
4. DF Lawson Premature Labour MJA 25 February 1950; vol.1 no.8
5. K Campbell Clinical Management of the Premature Infant MJA 25 February 1950; vol.1 no.8
6. WH Goeckerman Hormonal Therapy for Acne Vulgaia. Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology 1950. Reported in MJA 14 October 1950; vol.1 no.12
7. G Whyte Treatment of Vomiting of Pregnancy by Oestrogenine Compound MJA 25 March 1950; vol.1 no.12
8. The Physician’s Index 1940. Equity Press, Melbourne.
9. DF Farmer Letters to the Editor MJA 20 May 1950; vol.1 no.20
10. JH Young Acroparaesthesia MJA 27 May 1950 vol.1 no.21
11. AA Moon Dysmenorrhoea and the Climacteric: Pschosomatic Assessment and Treatment MJA 11 February 1950; vol.1 no.6
12. H Bailey & NM Matheson Surgery of the Prostate Medical Annual 1949 Bristol:London Simpkin Marshall Ltd 1949 p 266-270

 Published in our newsletter DESPATCH in 2007