Medicine: The Killer Drug

It started out as just another patent medicine. During a trip to Madagascar, Paris Pharmacist Georges Feuillet, who was already turning out 15 patent drugs, developed furunculosis (boils), and began experimenting with a new remedy. He used a combination of vitamin F* and an organic tin compound containing iodine (called di-iodo-diethyl of tin), which he imagined had a healing effect on skin. Feuillet took some of his capsules, then sent them to a friend, the head of a military hospital, who tried them out on his patients and found them "successful." Soon the...

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