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Book Reviews and Other Media
February 2004

Child Health and the Environment

Author Affiliations
 

ABRAHAMBERGMANMD

 

by Donald T. Wigle, MD, 382 pp, $49.95, ISBN 0-19-51-3559-8, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(2):188-189. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.2.188

That children are not just miniature adults is well understood by pediatricians. A newborn infant with congenital hypothyroidism will have permanent devastating neurodevelopmental effects if not quickly treated with thyroid hormone; older children and adults who acquire hypothyroidism do not experience similar brain damage. When administered to a newborn infant, the antibiotic chloramphenicol causes "gray baby syndrome," a condition that does not occur in older infants, children, or adults.

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