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Not Just for Wrinkles Photograph by Cary Wolinsky
To relieve the debilitating muscle incoordination caused by cerebral palsy, 11-year-old Amy Krzyzewski periodically receives injections of Botox, a preparation of botulinum toxin, from Dr. Donna Nimec at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The toxin produces a protein that blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that causes muscles to contract, thereby enabling Amy to walk more naturally. Botulinum toxin was first tried as a therapeutic agent in the 1960s, when it was used to treat strabismus, or cross-eye. It has subsequently been used to smooth wrinkles and relieve migraines.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100 Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 100 Lens: 17-35mm Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Indoors Time of Day: 11 a.m. Lighting Techniques: My assistant used a Nikon Speedlight, which was pointed at the ceiling to get more light on the right side of the room.