Dispelling hallucinations about birthweight: How hard is it?

Marc Keirse, Mandana Master, Kamila Plutzer

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    Birthweight is an important determinant of perinatal outcome and future health well into adulthood. Before weighing newborn infants became enshrined in practice, birthweights tended to be based on an educated guess or, as alleged by Roederer in 1753, on hallucination. Two centuries later, they led to a Babylonic confusion between weight and maturity at birth. Even nowadays, hallucinations about birthweight and its effect on infant health have not entirely disappeared. New hallucinations still emerge and remain as difficult to dispel as they once were.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)258-262
    Number of pages5
    JournalBirth - Issues in Perinatal Care
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • Birthweight
    • Deciduous tooth
    • Fetal growth
    • Gestational age
    • Prematurity
    • Primary teeth
    • Retraction of publication
    • Term birth
    • Tooth eruption

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