27th July 2018, Volume 131 Number 1479

Doug Sellman, Jennie Connor

If there was a virus that produced devastating brain damage to the children of women who were infected during pregnancy, the rational response from health authorities and the government would…

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Author Information

Doug Sellman, Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch; Jennie Connor, Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Correspondence

Professor Doug Sellman, Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch 8140.

Correspondence Email

doug.sellman@otago.ac.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

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