The "hidden history" of pregnancy drugs in the postwar era : a conversation with June Reinisch, PhD
The "hidden history" of pregnancy drugs in the postwar era : a conversation with June Reinisch, PhD.
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Reinisch, June M.
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Prenatal Exposures Oral History Project
Dr. Reinisch is renowned for her pioneering investigations of adverse impacts of various post-war pregnancy drugs, including once-common synthetic steroid hormones and barbiturates, on fetal development. In the 1970s Jill Escher, who had been exposed in utero to large quantities of synthetic steroid hormones, was one of her study subjects. "There was a gigantic growth in all kinds of pharmaceuticals after World War II. Since there was this idea of the fetal placental barrier, there was the notion you could treat the mother without interfering with the baby. That went on for much longer than it should have."
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