The History of Steroidal Contraceptive Development: The Progestins

@article{Perone1993TheHO,
  title={The History of Steroidal Contraceptive Development: The Progestins},
  author={N. Perone},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  year={1993},
  volume={36},
  pages={347 - 362}
}
  • N. Perone
  • Published 1993
  • Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
The chemical history of the pill begins with the isolation of progesterone in May 1933 by Corner and Allen [I]. With the help of Dr. Hickman from the research laboratory of the Eastman Kodak Company, they used high-vacuum distillation of the oils extracted from corpora lutea to isolate the hormone in a crystalline form which they named progestin. Before the end of that year, Wintersteiner and Allen [2] determined the structural formula of the hormone (C21 H30 O2). This admittedly was not… Expand
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