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Academic news site reflects on the issues raised by Thalidomide Bestseller

Academic news site reflects on the issues raised by Thalidomide Bestseller

Popular current affairs website 'The Conversation' offered an interesting article on 'The Thalidomide Catastrophe'

The article, written by Joel Lexchin looked specifically at Canada’s response to the consequences of the infamous drug.

He questions, ‘What was the basis for approving thalidomide (sold in Canada under the name Kevadon by the William S. Merrell Co.)? When did the government first learn about the side effects from thalidomide? How quickly did it act after learning about these side effects?’

The recent post on popular current affairs website The Conversation 

The author concludes: ‘These people and their families deserve answers. It’s the duty of the Canadian government to find out the answers.’

Read the full article here.

 

 

These people and their families deserve answers.

Joel Lexchin

HOW IT HAPPENED, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE AND WHY THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE CONTINUES AFTER MORE THAN SIX DECADES.

“This momentous book is the first comprehensive history of thalidomide… It demonstrates how many thousands of victims could have been spared very late in the day if Chemie Grunenthal had taken any notice of the early alarms. … [It] carries conviction by its scientific rigour, and the clarity of the writing. Fifty years after the deaths and sufferings, the thalidomide tragedy is marked by the odour of corruption and cover up.”

Sir Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times and The Times

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Available formats: Paperback ebook (ePub edition) ebook (Kindle edition) ebook PDF “This momentous book is the first comprehensive history of thalidomide… It demonstrates how many thousands of victims could have been spared very late in the day if Chemie Grunenthal...

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