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A Case of Severe Birth Defects Possibly Due to Cursing

A Case of Severe Birth Defects Possibly Due to Cursing

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Published by Bosiljčić Igor
For centuries it was widely believed that a strong unpleasant
shock to a pregnant woman could cause birth defects in her baby. Medical
books and journals published numerous cases of this type up to the early
decades of the present century. The idea of "maternal impression" gradually
lost ground during the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly because it
seemed to conflict with the facts of physiology. In cases of "maternal impression,"
the pregnant mother was usually reported to have viewed someone
with a shocking deformity that her baby was said to reproduce. It has
also been thought that cursing, verbally inflicted and without a visual stimulus,
could produce birth defects. Three cases of this type, one published by
a pediatrician in 1960, are briefly reviewed, and then a new case is reported.
In both of the modem cases, the commonly recognized etiological factors
in birth defects could not be identified.
For centuries it was widely believed that a strong unpleasant
shock to a pregnant woman could cause birth defects in her baby. Medical
books and journals published numerous cases of this type up to the early
decades of the present century. The idea of "maternal impression" gradually
lost ground during the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly because it
seemed to conflict with the facts of physiology. In cases of "maternal impression,"
the pregnant mother was usually reported to have viewed someone
with a shocking deformity that her baby was said to reproduce. It has
also been thought that cursing, verbally inflicted and without a visual stimulus,
could produce birth defects. Three cases of this type, one published by
a pediatrician in 1960, are briefly reviewed, and then a new case is reported.
In both of the modem cases, the commonly recognized etiological factors
in birth defects could not be identified.

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Published by: Bosiljčić Igor on Jan 27, 2012
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