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Foetus acardius amorphus
  1. Brian Alderman


    A case of acardius amorphus is reported. The rarity of foetal monsters without a functioning heart is emphasized and the method of classification reviewed. The theories of teratogenesis are discussed. Evidence is presented in support of the theory that there is a primary failure of the organ to develop. The possibility of anoxia and nutritional deficiency of the foetus being solely responsible for the malformation seems unlikely.

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