50 years ago, a drug that crippled a generation found new life as a leprosy treatment

Excerpt from the July 19, 1969 issue of Science News

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SECOND CHANCE  Thalidomide, a sedative prescribed to pregnant women in the 1950s and early 1960s, was banned for causing severe birth defects such as malformed limbs. The drug found new life, though, as a leprosy treatment, and is still used today.

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