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In the introduction, the author suggests that in our Western culture, since we date age from the moment of birth, we may be neglecting a period in the development of the individual perhaps more important than any other time in his life. This book accepts the challenge by presenting the increasingly complex influences that may affect prenatal development, starting with the building blocks of inheritance and following the conceptus from dawn of life to delivery. This is a book of facts and data compiled from an exhaustive review of the world literature but presented in an engaging style that makes it a delight to read.
Here is a reference source for the important studies on placental permeability, maternal nutrition, and the effect of maternal age, parity, and fatigue on the incidence of prematurity, malformations, or intelligence of the offspring. An adequate though simplified treatment of chromosomal defects and genetic dysplasias
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