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Silent Trauma

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When Meg Matthews gives an interview on the local radio station it leads to a friendship with three other women. They share a terrible secret. Together, can they find the strength to expose the silent trauma they have endured all their lives?

The story is fictional: the facts are real.
Kindle Edition, 445 pages
Published November 29th 2012 by WWD
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Cathy
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such an unusual book. It combines a detailed account of one of the worst drugs scandals I've ever read about with a well-constructed novel about four fictional characters whose lives are deeply scarred by the drug. The drug in question is DES - Diethylstilboestrol - which was given out to thousands of pregnant women in the forties, fifties and sixties to help overcome the threat of miscarriage. It's success was negligible and the after effects on the children and grandchildren truly shoc ...more
Terry Tyler
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Judith Barrow wrote this book to bring attention to the trauma sufferered by the victims of the drug Diethylstilboestrol (DES), given to women between the years 1949 and 1971. It was prescribed to prevent miscarriage, but had a devastating effect on the daughters - and possibly the granddaughters - of the women who took it, meaning that they had miscarriages, too, cancers of the reproductive organs usually associated with older women, and other problems to do with that part of the body.
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Christoph Fischer
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Silent Trauma" by Judith Barrow touches a sensitive and important issue: drug prescriptions and their dangers in general as well as the effects of Stilboestrol (Diethystilbestrol) which used to be (falsely) prescribed to women to prevent miscarriages.
Well researched and detailed in its medical knowledge the book is an important work to raise awareness and help getting this knowledge into the right channels to prevent more damage and unnecessary suffering for future generations. The effects of t
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Thorne Moore
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are two sides to this moving book. On one side there is the harrowing story of a drug, DES, which, like thalidomide, was given to pregnant women and caused devastating results. But unlike thalidomide, the damage – cancer, infertility and other conditions – wasn’t clearly visible from the start, and a campaign for recognition and compensation went (goes) ignored. Silent Trauma follows the stories of four women, Meg, Rachel, Avril and Jackie, who are all victims of the consequences of DES an ...more
Tony Riches
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This thought provoking novel by Judith Barrow makes clever use of fictional characters to sensitively highlight complex issues surrounding the very real problems of a drug, prescribed to millions of women in the US, Australia and Europe.

Meticulously researched, Silent Trauma explores how this drug has since been found to have hidden dangers and serious side effects related to cancer and fertility problems for the daughters, and even grandchildren of the women who took it
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