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October 4, 1965

Parental Attitude a Key to Progress Of Thalidomide-Deformed Children

JAMA. 1965;194(1):A39-A42. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140131060

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Parental attitude is a basic factor in progress of the congenitally deformed child, according to an interim report by Canadian researchers on 34 cases attributed to mothers' ingestion of thalidomide.

"The teaching of the parents assumed equal importance with the training of the child," the six authors said in the report, presented to the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Philadelphia. All are associated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal, site of one of three research and training units established by the Canadian government after deformities attributed to thalidomide were noted.

Of 35 children with congenital limb anomalies associated with thalidomide who were referred by Quebec's Ministry of Health, one died and two were withdrawn by parents, the investigators reported. Two referrals from the maritime provinces brought the total to 34—26 female, 8 male—all born in 1962, with 109 total malformations.

Capacity for Adaptation  Psychological assessment continues, but

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