Gold Bulletin

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 130–140

Gold in medicine

A review of its use in the west before 1900
  • Gregory J. Higby
Open Access

DOI: 10.1007/BF03214618

Cite this article as:
Higby, G.J. Gold Bull (1982) 15: 130. doi:10.1007/BF03214618


It was natural that the exceptional properties of gold and the mystique surrounding the metal should induce man to seek medicinal applications for it. These attempts met with no apparent success until a few decades ago, when the efficacy of gold compounds in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis was confirmed. Nevertheless, they form an important, and sometimes colourful, part of the history of pharmacology and medicine.

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© World Gold Council 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory J. Higby
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin School of PharmacyMadisonUSA

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