Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice

Michael Magazanik

Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family's Long Road to Justice
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Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice

Michael Magazanik

Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962, seven months after her mother Wendy was given a new ‘wonder drug’ for morning sickness called thalidomide. For fifty years the Rowe family cared for Lyn. Decades of exhausting, round-the-clock work. But then in 2011 Lyn Rowe launched a legal claim against the thalidomide companies. Against the odds, she won a multimillion-dollar settlement.

Former journalist Michael Magazanik is one of the lawyers who ran Lyn’s case. In Silent Shock he exposes a fifty-year cover up concerning history’s most notorious drug, and details not only the damning case against manufacturers Grunenthal - whose ruthless promotion of their lucrative drug in the face of mounting evidence beggars belief - but also the moving story of the Rowe family.

This is an epic account of corporate villainy against a backdrop of heroic personal struggle and sacrifice.

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