Death to Beauty

In Death to Beauty, Eugene M. Helveston, MD, follows the unlikely story of botulism’s 1817 discovery in contaminated German sausages, to its use in military and research facilities, to Scott, an ophthalmologist who aimed to safely use the drug in humans.

A fascinating walk through the intricate history of how the world’s deadliest toxin starting as a treatment for crossed eyes became a routine tool for the cosmetic industry, Death to Beauty will make you rethink success, beauty, and deadly bacteria.

Meet the Author

Eugene M. Helveston, MD is emeritus professor of ophthalmology; founder of the section of Pediatric Ophthalmology; and former Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he provided patient care and teaching, and carried out clinical research. During his career, he taught in forty-five states and also served as a volunteer surgeon and lecturer in fifty countries. In 2002, he founded an award-winning international telemedicine program to serve doctors and their patients in developing countries. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gene currently resides in Indianapolis.

Other Books by the Author

Golden Pelican

A political thriller that hits home! As Major Adam Grant settles into his new position as Adjutant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Il sets a date to launch an intercontinental nuclear warhead missile at Denver. In a race against time and with limited options, Major Grant is recruited for his first
covert operation with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he meets
Erin O’Leary, a CIA ‘”Lifer”. They lead A Trojan Horse Project in a spine tingling take down.

Operation Thunderstruck

Adam Grant, is at a crossroads in his career and personal life when the President asks him to take on a top-secret assignment. It starts an episode in the president’s early life revealed in an anonymous note. This spills over to a national security crisis that spans the globe from Karachi to Northern Michigan. The aim is to take down the new One World Trade Center. The plot must be stopped but this will happen only with the combined efforts of unlikely and widely spread partners led by Adam Grant.

Deadly Coincidence

Adam Grant is tasked with forming a new “semi-official” agency called SHOP combining the efforts of multiple enforcement services of the government including the FBI and CIA. His first challenge is to deal with a unique “mom and pop” illicit drug operation started in the Midwest and spreading to the Caribbean. Adam Grant faces down international murders and comes to the aid of local law enforcement as he deals with physical danger, morality, and justice.

The Second Decade

After authoring hundreds of professional papers and three medical textbooks, Gene Helveston turned his attention to writing about getting the best education for the career you want and working at a meaningful job starting at an early age. In 2016, The Second Decade: Raising Kids to be Happy, Self-Sufficient Adults through WORK was published.