Drug Dangers to Unborn Children Cited by Doctor
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16-A Friday, Feb. 11, 1972 THE SHREVEPORT TIM (Times Photo by John A. Moore) Dr Harry C. Shirkey . . . studying medicine in children Drug Dangers to Unborn Children Cited by Doctor Children are "therapeutic or-phans in the world of medi-cine," Dr. Harry C. Shirkey, professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at T u 1 a n e University School of Medicine, said in an inter-view here yesterday. Shirkey was in town to speak at a seminar sponsored by the Louisiana State U n i v e r s i t y School of Medicine at Shreve-port, Department of Pediatrics. The doctor — whose book, "Pediatric Therapy" is in its fourth edition — explained that drugs which are proclaimed for adults have not been okayed for use bv children. He emphasized that he is talking about "honest-to-God" medicines, not drugs such as| marijuana or heroin. He feels that there is more adequate study going on in the field now, and his own depart-ment has a grant to study medicines in children. Shirkey also discussed the "mistakes of nature," which occur when mothers take vari-ous drugs during pregnancies and their chi'dren are born de-formed. In one case, the action has been delayed. Shirkey explained that cancer of the vagina is being found in young women whose mothers took an antiabor-t i o n drug when they were pregnant 20 years ago. Pregnant women should only take drugs on the advice of doctors. Shirkey said, for the doctors know when to use drugs and when not to. "Women forget, they eat for two and they also take drugs for two," he added. Some drugs can do damage to he unborn even 11 days after the last menstrual period, he aid. Some drugs are carried over to the infant, who have a reaction to the medicine mani-fested in depression. And the drugs, he said affect the embryo at one time period and do no harm in the next, "because the baby is growing so fast." Shirkey became interested in the drug problem among child-ren while working as a pharma-cist.
|Title||Drug Dangers to Unborn Children Cited by Doctor|
|Creator||Moore, John A.|
Shirkey, Harry C.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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