Thalidomide was a pill for morning sickness but pregnant women it was heart rending as this drug caused the foetus to form in a very bad way. Some were born with arms and all kinds of deformities. Of course there was no birth where the baby was born without a head. It affects the limbs only.

I worked in an office with a guy with a shriveled arm. He was draftsman. This tragedy was avoided in America as a brave Canadian scientist withheld approval for the drug. The big companies almost got her fired until cases of deformed babies became news and so the Americans were spared this tragedy.

Canadian Dr. Frances Kelly who prevented thalidomide from being used in U.S.A. just died recently.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...de-dies-at-101

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide

http://www.thalidomide.ca/the-canadian-tragedy/

http://www.thalidomide.ca/recognitio...omide-defects/

http://www.thalidomide.ca/summary/