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Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicineby Trent Stephens
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A remarkable medicine is now available that can successfully treat millions of people with multiple myeloma, brain tumors and other cancers, arthritis, lupus, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, leprosy, tuberculosis, and AIDS. It's thalidomide-a drug with a chilling history. In the 1950s, this "safe" sedative was all the rage in Europe. Then one baby was born without ears, another with stunted limbs, then another with no limbs at all. In all, ten thousand severely deformed babies were born before thalidomide was banned. But two years ago, this brutal toxin was approved by the FDA. How did the most infamous drug of all time become one of the major players in modern medicine?In this irresistible medical detective story, Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner recount the history of thalidomide, a fascinating tale filled with villains and heroes, and bring us up to the present day, as scientists-Stephens among them-work to create and test an alternative drug that captures thalidomide's curative properties without its cruel side effects. The chronicle of a tragic chapter in the history of public health, Dark Remedy ends with great promise, as we put thalidomide to work for us, in the treatment of over a hundred diseases.
Book News Annotation:
Tells how the infamous drug that caused a medical disaster has made a comeback as a life-saving treatment for autoimmune disorders. Stephens teaches anatomy and embryology at Idaho State University; Brynner is a novelist and historian.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The incredible story of how thalidomide-a substance that maimed, even killed, thousands-may prove to be the next miracle drug.
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