“Man sollte die Entwicklung nicht hemmen” – Fritz Hauschild (1908–1974) und die Arzneimittelforschung der DDR
Fritz Hauschild (1908–1974) and drug research in the ‘German Democratic Republic’ (GDR)
The chemist and pharmacologist Fritz Hauschild developed the sympathomimetic agent Pervitin® (metamphetamin) in the 1930s. Not only because of the abuse of the stimulant during the Second World War (‘pilot's chocolate’) it is one of the most controversial substances in drug history. Nearly forgotten are Hauschild's contributions to build up the drug system in the GDR. Although he was a convinced communist, the skilful pharmacologist gave very early warning of the imminent lack of innovation in the GDR pharmaceutical industry. A letter which he addressed to the Minister of Health, Max Sefrin (born 1913), did not lack explicitness.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Hermann-Schelenz-Institut für Pharmazie- und Kulturgeschichte e. V. Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany 2: Ackerstraße 13, Berlin, 10115, Germany, Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 01 June 2005
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