Dec 1965: The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a "very original article" detailing the discovery of a new contraceptive called "Armpitin." When women applied it under their armpit, it had the simultaneous effect of increasing female libido and temporarily making men who smelled it sterile.

Most readers recognized the article as a joke (even though the journal wasn't known for its humor). However, the author, Julius Greenstein, later reported that he received an inquiry from a French pharmaceutical firm seeking to acquire the patent rights to Armpitin.

You can read Greenstein's full article ("Studies on a New, Peerless Contraceptive Agent: A Preliminary Final Report") here.

Minneapolis Star - Mar 10, 1966
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     Posted By: Alex - Sat May 06, 2023
     Category: Medicine | 1960s | Satire

I can scarcely believe the Minneapolis newspaper missed the opportunity to hold the article for 3 weeks and publish it on April 1.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 05/06/23 at 11:38 AM
The article is a hoot. The references are the best part. Clearly the pharmaceutical companies that wanted to license it hadn't read the final reference.
Posted by ges on 05/07/23 at 05:51 PM
The article's reference in German translates to:
"The Cutaneous Organs of Mammals", by Z. Taste.
It was published in the Journal of Unnatural Sciences.
Where it's referenced in our article, it is mentioned as being 'most germane to the discussion'.

The author apparently recognized the importance of nitric oxide in the contraceptive. The structure of the center of the molecule is: } – NO – NO – NO – NO – NO – {

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 05/08/23 at 01:13 PM
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