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or diethylstilbestrol
, synthetic nonsteroid female sex hormone having the same physiological effects as estrogen. In the 1940s and 50s DES was mistakenly believed to reduce the risk of miscarriage and was routinely prescribed for pregnant women believed to be at
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Thirty years ago Stilboestrol, a drug which was used to prevent miscarriages, was blamed for causing the cancer.
For example, Stilboestrol was administered to dry up milk, the baby's cord was tied out of sight of the mother and hypnotic sedative drugs such as Sodium Pentobarbitone or Amatyl, as used by doctors in deep sleep Chelmsford therapy, were administered in smaller doses.