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Mortality and Maldevelopment
Part II: The Saga of Neural Tube Defects
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Congenital malformations are worldwide occurrences striking in every condition of society. These severe physical abnormalities which are present at birth and affecting every part of the body happen more often than usually realized, once in every 33 births. The most common, after heart defects, are those of the neural tube (the brain and spinal cord) which happen in as many as one in every 350 births. They have been noted as curiousities in man and beast throughout recorded history and received great attention in our time by various fields of study, for example, their faulty prenatal development by embryologists, familial patterns by geneticists, causation by environmentalists and variability by population scientists.

Attention turned much in recent years to the relation of these malformations to deficiency of a particular dietary ingredient, folic acid, a subject this book analyzes in depth. The greatest conundrum of all, which this latest matter like so much else hinges on, is the amazing fact of the tremendous, almost universal decrease in the frequency of these anomalies since early in the 20th century. The puzzle is ‘What can this downward trend possibly mean?’ and at bottom ‘Whether it is part of a long-term cyclical pattern’. This fascinating biological phenomenon is explored in the book together with various other topics.


Information, analyses, and viewpoints not to be found elsewhere


1. Introduction: Basics
2. Neural Tube Defects
3. Setting the Stage
4. Studies in the Old World
5. The Continent of Europe
6. The United States
7. Geography and Chronology
8. Canada
9. Australia and New Zealand
10. Blacks and Jews
11. The Mideast
12. Asia
13. The Sex Ratio Phenomenon
14. Abortion
15. Fetal Diagnosis of Neural Tube Defect
16. Etiology I: Early Questions
17. Etiology II
18. Neural Tube Defects in China
19. The Ultimate Question
20. The Future


ISBN-13: 9789048181681
Publisher: Springer (Springer Netherlands)
Publication date: October, 2010
Pages: 280
Weight: 433g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Epidemiology, General Issues, Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine
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