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Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide

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  • Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide 
    Title: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide
    Author: ESSINGER JAMES
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 03/06/2019
    Imprint: HISTORY PRESS LTD
    Price: $42.99
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    Thalidomide: patented in Germany as a non-toxic cure-all for sleeplessness and morning sickness; a wonder drug with no side effects.
    The devastation this drug caused is boundless, the unborn victims of its neurotoxins left with deformities and without limbs, sometimes never to be born at all. In the UK, it took hundreds of foetal deaths and abnormalities to lead to the drug's withdrawal, but in the US one woman stood in the way of Big Phrama and prevented catastrophe.
    bn Here James Essinger and Sandra Koutzenko explore the devastating world history of thalidomide, its development, proliferation and its victims' stories. Above all, they reveal the fascinating battle between Frances Kelley, newcomer to the FDA, and Big Pharma's Richardson-Merrell, as she sought to block the drug's introduction. A medical officer and scientist, Frankie was a hero who saved thousands, if not millions, of lives.

    ISBN: 9780750991919
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