Dec 3, 2016 Scientific American Blog Network

Creator of Botox Never Cared about Wrinkles

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Four decades ago, ophthalmologist Alan Scott tried an unprecedented way to help a patient who had undergone three failed operations for double vision: He injected a tamed form of botulism toxin, the world’s deadliest poison, into the patient’s eye muscles.

“I don’t know if he was more nervous or I was more nervous,” Scott recalled. The outcome was successful, and Scott became hailed as the father of what later came to be called Botox.

The outcome was successful, and Scott became hailed as the father of what later came to be called Botox. He sold the rights to the pharmaceutical company Allergan in 1991, which developed the drug to smooth facial wrinkles and subsequently saw its popularity zoom.

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