Therapeutic Uses of Botulinum Toxin

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Justinius Kerner, a German medical officer and poet, was the first to realize that botulinum toxin potentially might be useful for therapeutic purposes. Kerner made this observation in 1822, but he did not call the toxin “botulinum toxin.” Instead, Kerner called it the substance in “wirkenden stoffes,” which translates to “bad sausages.” Kerner realized that there was a “fat poison” or “fatty acid” within sausages that produced the toxic effects that we now know as botulism. Nearly a century would pass before the bacterium producing the toxin would be isolated and the toxin ultimately renamed “botulinum toxin.” As farsighted as Kerner was, it is doubtful that even he could have predicted just how much potential therapeutic punch was packed within his wirkenden stoffes. It was not until 1978, more than a century and a half after Kerner’s prediction, that Dr. Allan Scott received Food and Drug Administration... More > approval to test botulinum toxin type A in human volunteers< Less
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