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July 1, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;229(1):9-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230390003001

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Children of alcoholic mothers fail to thrive physically and mentally  The prognosis for babies born to chronically alcoholic women is so bleak, that a Seattle investigator says early termination of such pregnancies should receive serious consideration.In a report to the American Pediatric Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research meetings in Washington, Kenneth L. Jones, MD, presented the findings on which he based his suggestion.Dr. Jones and his colleagues at the University of Washington School of Medicine were the first to call attention to a pattern of altered growth and morphogenesis in the babies of chronic alcoholic women. The pattern consists of pre- and post-natal growth deficiencies, microcephaly, short palpebral fissures, small cheek bones, congenital heart defects, and joint anomalies, and has been designated the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.The meeting report was based on data about 55,000 women enrolled in the National Collaborative Perinatal Project of the