It may seem as though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is everywhere regulating sweets, vaccines, diet supplements, and just about everything else that goes on or in the human body. Those with a penchant for small government may be slightly aghast at the level of FDA involvement. Regardless of one's current position, ut may help to get a little historical perspective on an early impact the FDA had in protecting Americans:
The Shadow of Thalidomide (N.Y. Times)
For more on thalidomide, including legal repercussions from the drug's use and current medical uses of the drug, check out the library catalog.