Thalidomide capsules, c 1958-1962.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Thalidomide capsules, c 1958-1962.

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Made by The Distillers Co Ltd. Thalidomide was developed in West Germany in the mid-1950s and was initially used as a sedative and an antiemetic until the discovery that it caused severe foetal malformations.

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