Alan Scott, Doctor Behind the Medical Use of Botox, Dies at 89

She is a teacher and homemaker. He married her in 1956. When she died, it was in 2009. Dr. Scott is also survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Lehmer, three other daughters, Jennifer, Heidi, and Ann Scott, a son, Nathaniel, four stepdaughters, Suzanne, Mary, Sally, and Phillis Lehmer, as well as 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dr. Scott passed away on January 22, 2019.

Clostridium botulinum’s therapeutic potential has been studied by other scientists before Dr. Scott. After witnessing the paralysing effects of food poisoning in his town after one giant sausage sickened 13 people, six of whom died, German poet and doctor Justinus Kerner coined the term “sausage poison” in the 1820s. Finally, after injecting it into snails, locusts, and rabbits,

Dr. Kerner finally injected into himself and observed its inhibitory effect on the autonomic and motor nervous systems, and hypothesised its use as a medical treatment for certain neural conditions. Bacillus botulinum, after the Latin word for sausage, was later renamed by a microbiologist.

A local anaesthetic known as bipuvicaine was developed by Dr. Scott at the Strabismus Research Foundation in Mill Valley, Calif., in 2013. At the time of his death, he was also working on a treatment method that used an implanted pacemaker-like device to electrically stimulate the eye muscles.

Sales of Botox for both medical and cosmetic purposes have continued to rise. According to AbbVie’s earnings report for the first nine months of 2021, Allergan generated global revenues of more than $3.3 billion, with cosmetic sales accounting for slightly less than half of that figure.

Even though he sold it, Dr. Scott had no remorse.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted him as saying, “I had my house paid for, my kids were educated.” “Also, I had the pleasure of seeing fantastic medical outcomes.” As a result, I was content.” However, “I’m not very good at donating and spending money.”