Speaker: Randi Epstein, MD
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Title: DES: The Miracle Baby Drug Gone Awry
Abstract: DES, the mid-20th century drug touted to prevent miscarriages, was found decades later to increase the risk of vaginal cancer and infertility among exposed babies. Why were pregnant women eager to take high doses of hormones? Why were doctors pushing a pill that lacked conclusive proof of safety and efficacy? This talk explores the cultural forces at play that helped to popularize this toxic remedy.
Time: 12:15 PM
Place: Claire M. Fagin Hall, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Room 2019, 2U Conference Room
The Bates Center Seminar Series features scholarly papers and presentations on the history of nursing and health care and welcomes all interested individuals.
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096
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