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“The origin of MDMA (ecstasy) revisited: the true story reconstructed from the original documents”. 
Addiction. 2006 Sep 16;101(9):1241-5.
Little is known about the origin of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy). The most commonly repeated statement in the medical literature is that MDMA was synthesized by the German pharmaceutical company Merck in 1912 in order to develop an appetite suppressor.
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