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Michael Hoerger. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Epistemology. Case studies Epidemiology Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) Teratogens: Thalidomide tragedy. Case Reports. Case reports: Growth, facial features, CNS

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Michael Hoerger

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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Epistemology

  • Case studies

  • Epidemiology

  • Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

  • Teratogens:

    Thalidomide tragedy


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Case Reports

  • Case reports:

    • Growth, facial features, CNS

  • “Despite the shower of case reports, the implication of alcohol as a teratogen in humans was met with skepticism by the medical community.”


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Skepticism of FAS

  • Premature labor treatment

  • Widely used for centuries

  • Polysubstance use

  • Falls due to inebriation


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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Reduced number of brain cells

  • Fewer convolutions; bigger ventricles

  • Neuromigration errors – cannot be fixed due to resiliency

  • Observed deficits: motor skills, social skills, learning, memory, psychological well-being


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Michael Hoerger

To cite this lecture:

  • Hoerger, M. (2007, February 21). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Teratogens. Presented at a PSY 220 lecture at Central Michigan University.


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