Diana Bianchi, MD, has referred to the placenta as the Rodney Dangerfield of organs because it’s typically given little thought during pregnancy and discarded after delivery. The late Dangerfield, a comedian and actor, was best-known for his catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect.”
However the scientific community is increasingly paying more attention to what the Human Placenta Project (HPP) calls the least-understood human organ. The HPP was created by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which Bianchi directs.
Rubin R. Unraveling the Mysteries of the Human Placenta. JAMA. 2018;320(24):2516–2518. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18200
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