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April 27, 1970

Fetal Homeostasis

Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College Philadelphia

JAMA. 1970;212(4):631. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170170075036

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Dr. Wynn gives us a well-edited transcript of the Fourth Conference on Fetal Homeostasis. Experts in biology and medicine debated trying problems whose solutions require a multidisciplinary approach and we receive a synergy of information on how the fetus maintains normal biologic development. Informal give-and-take discussions, sprinkled with humor, make lasting friends and create a cooperative spirit for future collaboration. Topics range from basic biochemistry to obstetrics and neonatal pediatrics. An adequate up-to-date bibliography, high-quality illustrations and a fine summary make for a worthwhile contribution. The book's jacket, showing the armadillo's identical quadruplets moving in four different directions, mirrors today's evidence about the fetus and reminds us of an unfinished painting in reproductive biology drawn from many species.

Development of fetal biochemistry in harmony with homeostasis raises tough questions with no answers. For example, what factors cause intrauterine growth retardation and possibly mental retardation? Insulin as a growth factor captures