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September 1959

Birth of Normal Babies.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(3):511. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270090165031

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In this book the author attempts to prove that the majority of congenital defects and defective babies can be attributed to the occurrence of stress in one form or the other occurring during the first three months of pregnancy. He offers sixty illustrations of various forms of emotional stress that have allegedly resulted in congenital abnormalities. The author gives examples of excessive pressure on the stomach producing a cleft palate, psoriasis producing a cleft palate, and penicillin rash producing a moron.

There are ten things that the author emphasizes that either should be avoided in pregnancy or should be done. These are as follows: Stress should be avoided. No surgical procedures should be performed during pregnancy except emergency surgery. All x-rays and general anesthesia should be avoided. Potent drugs should be avoided, as well as high-altitude flying. If the patient is exposed to any communicable diseases, γ-globulin should be administered.

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