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Opothérapie : émergence et développement d’une technique thérapeutique (France, 1889-1940)

Abstract : Launched by a communication from the famous Professor Brown-Sequard in 1889 on the effects of self-injection of testicular juice, organotherapy – a technique of care using the juice of glands – falls within a long tradition of animal medication. Publications of doctors and pharmacists have allowed us to establish how the new treatment is part of the landscape of medicine that became more scientific at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Opotherapy/Organotherapy, whose development depends on the development of knowledge on the endocrine glands, develops through therapeutic successes in thyroid and gynecological diseases and by making pharmaceuticals produced by industrializing pharmacists which provided medication in a form that eliminates a medical procedure, available to the public. Organotherapy, which stands out from hormone therapy by the use of natural misidentified drugs that have generated a great number of debates on their composition and mode of action, will know its greatest development around the First World War and will persist despite the development of hormone therapy based on synthetic molecules until the 1990s.
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André Marchand. Opothérapie : émergence et développement d’une technique thérapeutique (France, 1889-1940). Histoire, Philosophie et Sociologie des sciences. Conservatoire national des arts et metiers - CNAM, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014CNAM0980⟩. ⟨tel-01167129⟩

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