Frances Oldham Kelsey- medicine gatekeeper

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Who Was Frances Oldham Kelsey? Frances Oldham Kelsey was a Canadian-American pharmacologist and physician, best known for rejecting the authorization of the drug thalidomide for sale to the public. This decision saves millions of newborn babies from birth defects. Pre-career Life Kelsey was born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia, to Katherine Stuart and Frank Oldham. She graduated from McGill University in 1934 and 1935 with both bachelor and master of science degrees. In 1938, she earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of […]

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