From the October 1973 magazine.

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Alcoholism and the Fetus

Doctors in Seattle have identified a pattern of serious birth defects among children born to women who are chronic alcoholics. The syndrome, described in a recent issue of the journal Lancet, involves an overall growth deficiency, lagging intellectual and motor development, small head size, heart defects, and subtle facial and limb abnormalities.

The eight children in the Seattle study (several more have since been identified elsewhere) all had subnormal intelligence, and most were below average for their age in performance of motor tasks.

-- Jane E. Brody

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