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Living with Thalidomide

Thursday 21 February 2013, 15.00-16.00

Child affected by thalimdomide

The effects of the drug thalidomide on babies born between 1958 and 1962 were a shock to both the public and the medical profession. This talk will show clips from a small group of films that help to illustrate the different ways in which society and the medical profession attempted to integrate children born with often severe impairments into everyday life. However, as the films show, it is apparent that the children had their own ideas about how to adapt the world to their bodies rather than the other way around.

Speaker: Dr Ruth Blue, Assistant Curator, Wellcome Library.

You can pick up your free ticket for this event from the Information Desk from 13.30 on the day. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please leave coats and bags in the free cloakroom on the ground floor.

See other Wellcome Library Insight events.

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