Skeleton displaying “fetal rickets”. What was once known as “fetal rickets” is actually the most common form of dwarfism, called achondroplasia. Since achondroplasia is spontaneously occurring in 85% of cases, it’s understandable that doctors would believe that nutrition of the mother was the cause of the deformity of their baby.
Around 1900-1920, a large amount of research was done regarding prenatal care and disorders in the newborn. The fetal x-ray work done by George H. Evans et al was one of the defining projects in differentiating achondroplasia from nutritional deficiencies of the mother.

Skeleton displaying “fetal rickets”. What was once known as “fetal rickets” is actually the most common form of dwarfism, called achondroplasia. Since achondroplasia is spontaneously occurring in 85% of cases, it’s understandable that doctors would believe that nutrition of the mother was the cause of the deformity of their baby.

Around 1900-1920, a large amount of research was done regarding prenatal care and disorders in the newborn. The fetal x-ray work done by George H. Evans et al was one of the defining projects in differentiating achondroplasia from nutritional deficiencies of the mother.

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