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This has been a brief overview of some of the many ways
in which the environment in which prenatal drug research is carried
out affects the process of research and its outcome. In many ways, this
chapter is a review of factors that many people know about but rarely
discuss in public. Most scholarly articles present research in this
area as though it is a smooth and orderly process not much troubled
by environmental constraints. The extent to which research flaws are
criticized, even those that are inevitable to the process, discourages
frank discussion of these problems that are familiar to most investigators
who attempt to conduct clinical research in difficult areas. The purpose
of this chapter is to make some of these issues more explicit so that
they can be planned for in future work and taken into account when current
work is reviewed.
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