How One Scientist Averted A National Health Crisis
In 1960, Frances Oldham Kelsey was one of the newest recruits of the Food and Drug Administration. During her first month as a reviewer at the FDA, Kelsey refused marketing authorization for a drug called thalidomide in the United States. The drug had been used to treat insomnia and workplace stress, but was later proven to have caused nerve damage, and severe birth defects. This TED-Ed video based on a lesson by Andrea Tone explains how Kelsey prevented a massive national public health crisis.