The discovery and early use of cortisone

Glyn, John
October 1998
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Oct1998, Vol. 91 Issue 10, p513
Academic Journal
The article presents a historical account of the discovery and use of cortisone, a hormone, in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Philip Showalter Hench, the man behind the research and discovery, started working on the subject in 1929. He received success in 1948 when cortisone was injected for the first time into a patient at Mayo Clinic. The first official announcement of his success was made in 1949 at the Seventh International Congress on Rheumatic Disease in New York.


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