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Fetal Anthropology : Problems and Prospects

N. SATISH CHANDRA
Indian Anthropologist
Vol. 20, No. 1/2 (June & December, 1990), pp. 81-98
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41919620
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Fetal Anthropology : Problems and Prospects
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Abstract

Fetal anthropology is a new discipline in physical anthropology. With its emergence the studies on growth and development are extended to fetus. Till recently, the study of fetus was confined to medical science only, but once anthropological methodology is applied to its study, we can predict growth indices of various populations at the fetal level. The interaction between anthropology and medical science has been further established with the emergence of this discipline. In this paper, various techniques to the study of fetus like radiological method, ultrasonography, fetoscopy, and anthropometry and somatoscopy have been detailed out, with comments on the operational value of each one. The applied aspect of such a study have also been discussed. This work is based on a study of aborted fetuses collected from the hospitals in Delhi.

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