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

By J.W. (2007)

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

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