Thalidomide: A human tragedy?
Thursday 24 May 2012, 19.00-20.30
transcript of this event [PDF, 196KB].
Marking the 50th anniversary of the withdrawal
of the drug Thalidomide from the market, key figures involved in
its history come together to tell their stories and answer
In the UK between 1958 and 1962 (and
occasionally beyond), many pregnant mothers took
Thalidomide to offset morning sickness and insomnia. However, it
had major side-effects on the growing fetus, leading to the death
of an unknown number of babies as well as a range
This event will allow a group of people
closely involved with the aftermath of the drug and its history, in
both personal and professional capacities, to contribute to an
account of what could arguably be considered one of the
greatest human tragedies in the history of medicine. We will hear
about the social, emotional and medical aspects of the Thalidomide
story in order to piece together aspects of the drug's history.
The event will also include the screening of
extracts from the films 'One of Them is Brett' (1965), 'The Russian
Arm' and 'Only the Beginning' (1969).
Geoff Adams-Spink, journalist
and former age and disability consultant, BBC News.
Hogg, Trustee for the Thalidomide Society.
Claus Newman, retired
Consultant Paediatrician and Director of the Leon Gillis Unit,
Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, and current Medical Advisor to
the Thalidomide Trust UK.
Anne Borsay, Professor of
Healthcare and Medical Studies at Swansea University.
This event included live speech to text
transcription for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors.
For further information about speech to text, please contact Gemma
Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The image above shows a young Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds at
the end of hours of rehabilitation. Photo taken