DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-74398-1_5
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Abstract: Prenatal InfectionsFor over 200 years it has been conjectured that prenatal infection results in adverse physical and developmental outcomes for children. In 1787 William Perfect wondered whether a particularly virulent influenza epidemic occurring during that year was responsible for an increase in insanity among those gestationally exposed. In 1845 Esquirol commented that insanity is more prevalent during epidemic years and this increase seems to be independent of moral causes. At the turn of the 20 th Centu…

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