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Only One ChanceHow Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development -- and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation$
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Philippe Grandjean

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199985388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985388.001.0001

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Sensitive Development

Sensitive Development

(p.1) Chapter 1 Sensitive Development
Only One Chance

Philippe Grandjean

Oxford University Press

Brain development consists of a series of complex and intricately coordinated stages that need to happen at specific times and in a particular sequence at specific locations. Damage during early development is irreversible, and the consequences of derailing the time schedule of the developmental processes are therefore long-term. We get only one chance to develop a brain. Yet no textbook discusses brain development from the point of view of vulnerability to toxic damage. Optimal brain function depends on the integrity of the brain as a whole, and the vulnerability of brain development to toxic chemicals therefore endangers the cognitive functions of our children and grandchildren.

Keywords:   Brain development, Environmental pollution, Fetal development, Susceptibility, Toxic effects

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