Medicine: Synthetic Theelin

A healthy woman can wear sheer stockings and low-necked dresses in winter without catching cold because warm blood is sent coursing through her skin by a sex hormone called theelin. Principal function of theelin (Greek theelis, female) is to make a woman womanly. It is elaborated by the ovaries.* The theelin molecule contains 18 atoms of carbon, 22 of hydrogen, two of oxygen.

Thirteen years ago Dr. Edward Adelbert Doisy of St. Louis obtained thousands of gallons of urine from pregnant women in lying-in hospitals. To extract the potent substance he was looking for,...

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