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Rev Hist Pharm (Paris). 1995;42(305):159-70.

[The history of Lipiodol (1901-1994) or How a medication may evolve with the times].

[Article in French]


The history of Lipiodol, an iodized oil perfected in 1901 by Marcel Guerbet and Laurent Lafay, offers the example of a product with multiple indications which, initially destined for therapeutic usage, was later successfully turned to radiologic applications; then, sixty years later, returned to its initial purposes. This shows that (1) very often new products find usages which their developers never suspected; (2) research can extend beyond the original synthesis and commercialization of the product; (3) at some point research on a medication becomes multidisciplinary.

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