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March 27, 1981

Infants and Gin Mania in 18th-Century London

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Postgraduate Medicine and Continuing Education, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio.

JAMA. 1981;245(12):1237-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310370029017

A study of Hogarth's engraving, Gin Lane, highlights the fact that alcoholic addiction in parents results not only in the fetal alcohol syndrome, but also in other types of infant abuse. Physical trauma, loss of parents, neglect, and malnutrition are all depicted. There is the strong implication that the causes of such infant abuse, and thus the prevention, lie largely in socioeconomic and cultural fields, rather than in that of medical scienc

(JAMA 1981;245:1237-1239)