Richard J. Tofel, a member of Harvard Public Health’s advisory board and former ProPublica president, reviewed the “riveting new book ‘Wonder Drug: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and Its Hidden Victims’ by Jennifer Vanderbes in this July 17 article: “Wonder Drug” draws back the veil on thalidomide’s hidden American victims. Tofel’s review is an excellent 5-minute summary of the untold story of American thalidomide survivors and the U.S. Goverment’s failure to compensate them as most other countries have done.
Harvard Public Health Magazine reviews Wonder Drug:
Most of us participated in a guided tour of the US Capitol Building. Most impressive, in my opinion, was the Rotunda, the infamous domed circular room in the center of the Capitol. The historical paintings i.e., the Declaration of Independence along with the statues and busts of former presidents were impressive. BUT no one could resist looking up!
The conference was a jam-packed three days ending with a “roaming” dinner in the hotel. The term is used lightly, as it turns out, we have a party animal in our midst. Our fearless leader, JoJo Calora, had quite the set-up in his room. He had karaoke goin’ on. He also cranked up the tunes and blasted out heavy metal! Did you know there’s a song about thalidomide? It’s called “Prescribing Horror” by Exodus. You shouldn’t listen to it before you go to sleep. LOL! Fortunately, no neighbors complained, and fun was had by all. Although there was food, snacks, and drinks in three other rooms, people didn’t roam much. JoJo had the fun room! Can’t wait for next year!
Robert Gamble, JoJo and Elizabeth
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