Issues and Reviews in Teratology

Volume 1

  • Harold Kalter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Hideo Nishimura
    Pages 1-18
  3. Josef Warkany
    Pages 19-31
  4. David H. Carr
    Pages 33-72
  5. A. Boué, Pia Gallano, Joëlle Boué, J. L. Serre, J. Feingold
    Pages 111-147
  6. Andrew G. Hendrickx, Pamela E. Binkerd, Jon M. Rowland
    Pages 149-180
  7. James L. Schardein
    Pages 181-214
  8. Michael H. L. Snow
    Pages 251-284
  9. Casimer T. Grabowski, George P. Daston
    Pages 285-308
  10. Kenneth S. Hirsch, William J. Scott Jr.
    Pages 309-347
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 349-354

About this book

Introduction

Teratology is at once among the oldest and youngest of human preoccupations. Coincident with man's first observations of the stars were his recordings of human and animal deformities. But, such aberrancies must have occurred even earlier, for although it is one of those things-like evolution-that cannot be proven, it is nevertheless indisputable that dysmorphogenesis must have occurred from the time complex forms of life first arose on our planet; and that from the beginnings of human awareness our species was conscious of such happenings. From the earliest recordings of this fascination with the form and meaning of abnormality a tortuous but continuous line extends to modern struggles to understand and control these manifestations. And now, after long occupying an honorable but peripheral place in the halls of philosophical and scientific pursuits, teratology has quite suddenly come to take a prominent position at the hub of a complex crossroads of human concerns. This shift in its fortune has taken several forms. Fetal maldevelopment has become the concern of environmentalists, activists of various persuasions, indus­ trial organizations, government agencies, ethicists, parents-i. e. , individuals and groups whose actions are impelled by apprehension. Such motives are of course not without basis; the trauma of thalidomide left a scar yet raw. For still others­ clinicians, academics, experimentalists-the upsurge in the interest in fetal mal­ development is at a different level, and their pursuits are broad, taking external agents as but one of the causes of defective development.

Keywords

anatomy chromosome cytogenetics embryology environment epidemiology genes genetics morphogenesis natural selection pathology philosophy population protein sex

Editors and affiliations

  • Harold Kalter
    • 1
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and Department of PediatricsUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-7311-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-7313-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-7311-1
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