Michael Lewis, Margaret Bendersky
Published June 1, 1995
Reference - 416 Pages
ISBN 9780805815849 - CAT# ER3625
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"Overall, this is a good summary and overview of the knowledge in this area and the difficulties inherent in its gathering. Excellent in all respects. All levels."
Chapters by prominent researchers deal with what we do and do not know about the mechanisms of action of cocaine on thesdeveloping brain; strategies for studying this complex issue; implications of drug exposure and drug-using environment for long-term cognitive, social and emotional functioning; and intervention strategies to prevent problems in developing children who are at risk.
—The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter.
"Each of the four sections of this work synthesizes a large body of empirical findings, and showcases the expertise and research experiences of the authors. However, this volume is especially useful given that these sections have been well-integrated; this allows the reader to progress from an understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying problems posed by intrauterine cocaine exposure to a discussion of several intervention approaches which have been employed in response to the problems of cocaine-exposed infants. Students, instructors, researchers, and clinicians who are concerned with the important problem of prenatal cocaine exposure will find this volume a welcome addition to their libraries."
"Hopefully, a book such as this one, with its up-to-date summary of the literature on risk, can inspire innovation on the part of child advocates to devise acceptable ways of minimizing the risks and maximizing the potentiation of the family for wholesome development of all its members, not just the children. This is a logical and much needed next step."
"...represents an exciting addition to the literature of human behavioral teratology. It is a comprehensive look at cocaine exposure -- from the vantage points of experimental and developmental psychology; neurophysiology; obstetrical pharmacology/developmental toxicology; clinical research methodology; and drug treatment/child intervention programs. The book deserves a wide readership!"
Center for Research for Mothers and Children, National Institute of Child Health
"...provides an excellent overview of the subject of prenatal cocaine toxicity. The problem continues to be important, even if the prevalence of abuse during pregnancy is less than was initially believed to be the case. The harmful effects of cocaine on the developing fetus reinforce the need for society to be especially vigilant about exposure of pregnant women to other potentially toxic agents in the environment because of the vulnerability of their infants."
—Richard E. Behrman, M.D.
Center for the Future of Children, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los