Friday, September 30, 2005

RIP: Dr. Valium

Stepford wives the world over throw an extra shot in their Bloody Marys, double their dosage and observe a moment of silence:

TRENTON, N.J. - Leo Sternbach, the inventor of a revolutionary new class of tranquilizers that included Valium, one of the first blockbuster "lifestyle" drugs, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 97.

His other breakthroughs include the sleeping pills Dalmane and Mogadon,Klonopin for epileptic seizures and Arfonad for limiting bleeding during brain surgery.


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