Avi Roy's Reviews > Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

Origins by Annie Murphy Paul
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Nov 08, 2010

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The book encouragingly begins with a whistle-stop tour of fetal development/developmental origins research. Unfortunately, it quickly turns into a melodramatic and personal narrative about motherhood. A significant chunk of the book is dedicated to historical drama and ideas regarding motherhood/pregnancy and it's impact on the child. Although, these historical detours are peppered with current data regarding environmental impacts on pregnancy and child development. All this leaves very little time to discuss about current research findings and future outlook of the developmental biology field. I would have preferred if the author continued from the theme set-up by the first few chapter of scientific literature review.
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