Thalidomide’s patient doctor

The drug Thalidomide is infamous for the deformities it caused in thousands of children, so should it still be in use to treat leprosy? A Dublin GP with thalidomide isn’t totally against the idea.

8th November, 2008

The drug Thalidomide is infamous for the deformities it caused in thousands of children, so should it still be in use to treat leprosy? A Dublin GP with thalidomide isn’t totally against the idea.

‘I remember the doctor looking at me and saying into a dictaphone at the end of my bed that ‘cosmetically, amputation would be a good option’.”

Dr Austin O’Carroll has a vivid memory of being...

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