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  • Description is exactly "This brief pedigree describes a girl who was committed to the Vermont State School for Feebleminded Children when she was 8 years old. She had previously run away from home. The assigned cause of her deficiency was "Drank fly poison at the age of one year. Brother was burnt to death when mother was 2 months pregnant." In the early 20th century, many people believed that a woman's exposure to shocking events during pregnancy could produce a defect in her unborn child."
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