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

Author(s): Michael Magazanik

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'The baby started to come out. Head first, everything OK. But then I saw that there were no arms. And then no legs. The little girl had only a torso and a head.' 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 multi-million-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. Spanning Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Sweden and, of course, Germany, Silent Shock is an epic account of corporate villainy against a backdrop of heroic personal struggle and sacrifice.

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Michael Magazanik has worked as a journalist for the Age, the Australian and ABC-TV, and is now a lawyer with Slater & Gordon. He lives in Melbourne with his partner and three children.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182098
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.456
  • : May 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Magazanik
  • : Paperback
  • : 2015
  • : 368