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How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

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With the intimacy of a personal memoir and the sweep of a scientific revolution, Origins presents a stunning new vision of our beginnings that will change the way you think about yourself, your children, and human nature itself.

The book’s most chilling section involves the tragic results of thalidomide and diethylstilbestrol (DES), two drugs from the 1950s that were “given to pregnant women in the belief that the fetus would be unaffected.”

Ms. Paul reveals six decades later:

It is evidence of the evolving state of our knowledge that the mechanisms by which these substances do their damage are not completely clear, even now.

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