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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Kieran D.O'Malley

General Overview and Historical Perspective

Although it is not uncommon for substance abuse to occur during pregnancy, maternal alcohol use probably has the earliest, most debilitating, and the longest-lasting effect on the fetus (Streissguth & O'Malley, 2000). The link between maternal alcohol consumption and the effect on the fetus was initially made by the pediatrician Paul Lemoine in 1968. Working in Nantes, a wine-growing region of France, he carefully documented 127 infants with similar facial dysmorphic features whose mothers had consumed alcohol during pregnancy (Lemoine et al., 1968). A few years later, a team of researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA first named the condition fetal alcohol syndrome and published their detailed clinical findings in ...

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