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Message in a Bottle: The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:850
  1. Raja A S Mukherjee (, honorary lecturer in learning disability psychiatry
  1. Division of Mental Health, Social and Developmental Psychiatry, St George's, University of London

    For every medical condition there is a moment in time when it was first recognised. The conditions exist before their discovery, of course, but their recognition often leads to further discoveries and new controversy. Few conditions have caused such polarisation of views or such scepticism as fetal alcohol syndrome.

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    Janet Golden

    Harvard University Press, £16.95/€24/$25.95, pp 240

    ISBN 0 674 01485 5

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    As a history professor Janet Golden doesn't try to give …

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