Neuromaturation of the Human Fetus
Flower, Michael J.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1985 Aug; 10(3): 237-251.
A review is provided of what is known about the development of the central nervous system of the human fetus. Four processes are featured: the appearance of fetal motor activity; development of the neocortex; establishment of a connection between the neocortex and its major input channel, the thalamus; and maturation of the electrical activity of the brain. Very tentative observations are made concerning the implications of neuromaturational events for the development of fetal sentience and fetal pain. (KIE abstract)
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