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Pediatr Clin North Am. 1977 Nov;24(4):665-77.

Congenital deformities.

Abstract

Forty years ago Denis Browne wrote that the medical world was ignoring an important distinction among birth defects. There were, he said, a large group of abnormalities caused not by genetic errors or teratogens but simply by fetal constraint. These abnormalities, if recognized early, could be readily ameliorated with simple, conservative forms of therapy. Today the full range and frequency of deformations are still not well appreciated and yet the recognition of these deformities may be more important than ever. The public is becoming increasingly aware of environmental hazards and genetic risks to their unborn children. They know of the difficult problems faced by families when malformed children are born. The physician who can rapidly and accurately diagnose deformities treats a good deal more than the problems of aberrant fetal molding.

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