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April 1973

Physiology of the Fetus: Relation to Brain Damage in the Perinatal Period.

Author Affiliations

Hathorne, Mass

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):627. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040121033

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Research in the biology of the fetus and newborn is one of the most fertile, yet one of the most undeveloped fields in medical research. Dr. Windle, the author of this monograph, is a pioneer with long experience in laboratory research in this area. This present monograph is in large measure a review of the author's past animal experiments and his personal concepts derived from these investigations. The chapters on circulation, respiration, and digestion are well worth the attention of the student concerned with the physiology of these functions in the fetus. The volume carries a subtitle, "Relation to Brain Damage in the Perinatal Period." Here the book is lacking. In a chapter, "Mental Retardation," the author presents observations of studies in animals, implying that this is the main source of information on the subject currently available. Dr. Windle, an experimental physiologist, is expressedly unacquainted with processes of neuropathology in

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