Dr. Donald Brown discusses the history of Botox:

Transcript of video:

One of the most common procedures we do today is the use of Botox. Botox was actually discovered here in San Francisco at California Pacific Medical Center by Dr. Alan Scott. He used it to treat a condition called strabismus. Strabismus is a situation in which the eye muscles are unequal. One eye muscle is too strong, so it pulls the eye out of line. Through the use of a small amount of Botox, Dr. Scott was able to relax that muscle to allow the eye to return to the midline, so that the eye is fused.

The next part of the story involves a classmate of my brother’s in medical school who was as ophthalmologist who studied Dr. Scott’s technique. She was using this technique in Vancouver and was married to a dermatologist who had the insight to see that this material could be used to get rid of facial wrinkles. They used it on their secretary and much to everybody’s delight the wrinkle went away. The rest, as we say, is history.