In, "Dark Remedy", Rock Brynner and Trent Stephens recount the history ofthalidomide. In the 1950s, this "safe" sedative was all the rage in Europe.Then one baby was born without ears, another with stunted limbs, thenanother with no limbs at all. In all, ten thousand severely deformed babieswere born before thalidomide was banned. But two years ago, this brutaltoxin was approved by the FDA. Thalidomide may prove to be the cure formultiple myeloma, brain tumors and other cancers, arthritis, lupus, Crohn'sdisease, multiple sclerosis, leprosy, tuberculosis, and AIDS. Rock Brynner, historian and novelist, earned his M.A. in Philosophy from TrinityCollege, Dublin, and his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.