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From Monsters to Medicine: A Historical Analysis of Changes in the Field of Teratology Over the Twentieth Century


Abstract This project focuses on the history of how teratogens, or agents which have the potential to cause birth defects, have been understood and tested for teratogenic potential in the US over the twentieth century. Prior to this time, teratogen studies were primarily concerned with cataloguing defects rather than exploring possible causes. At the turn of the twentieth century, experimental teratogen studies with the aim of elucidating mechanisms commenced. However, these early studies did not aim to discover human pregnancy outcomes and ways to prevent them, but simply focused on the results of exposing pregnant mammals to various physical and chemical insults. My project documents the change in understanding of teratogens over the twentieth cen... (more)
Created Date 2014-05
Contributor Tantibanchachai, Chanapa (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Thesis Director) / Laubichler, Manfred (Committee member) / O'Neil, Erica (Committee member)
Subject School of Life Sciences / School of Life Sciences / birth defects / history of science / embryology / Barrett, The Honors College
Series Academic Year 2013-2014
Type Text
Extent 63 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Collaborating Institutions Barrett, The Honors College
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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