Saying "goodbye" to the "crack baby." Coles, Claire D. Neurotoxicology & Teratology. Vol 15(5) Sep-Oct 1993, 290-292.

Comments on D. E. Hutchings's article on the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure and on the cocaine research that occurred during the 1980s. Both professionals and the media were responsible for creating the "crack baby" myth, the results of which led to the labeling of mothers and children. There was confusion between morality and science, some abandonment of the scientific method, and politicizing of the research environment (i.e., professional risk for those suggesting that prenatal effects of cocaine were exaggerated).











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