Medical Hero

Dr. Frances Oldham, who raised the alarm about Thalidomide and helped create an effective system of government regulation of drug manufacture & sale. But, hey, government regulation is evil, right? A certain percentage of armless infants is the price you pay to keep the great machine of the market lubed & fueled. In any case, that’s been the attitude since the Reagan era even among many putative liberals, with Bill Clinton himself declaring the end of Big Government. What a bunch of fucking morons.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.