Medicine: Thalidomide Sequel

No sum of money can ever compensate a child for having been born without arms, without legs, or with invisible and irremediable defects in his heart. But money can at least ease the incredibly difficult and costly task of training such a child to develop fully the use of his limited powers. Last week the German manufacturers of thalidomide, the most disastrous drug in medical history, recognized that fact. As compensation to the parents of all the thalidomide-deformed children surviving in West Germany, they offered a lump-sum settlement totaling 100 million marks ($27.3...

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