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Early Hum Dev. 1992 Jun-Jul;29(1-3):43-50.

A 50-year overview of perinatal medicine.

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Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.


Infant mortality in 1990 was approximately one-tenth that of 1950 in most of the industrialized countries of the world. The forces of change included the social-political climate, advent of neonatal intensive care, better insight into nutritional requirements of preterm infants and application of basic science to the study of events around the time of birth, and illnesses of the neonate. Attention has been paid to the advantages of human milk for the newborn infant, the importance of maternal bonding and involvement of both parents in care of the infant. Prenatal diagnosis, with option of abortion, has reduced the prevalence of some serious disorders of the fetus.

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