Marshall Edwards, 1928-2012

16 August 2012

One of the worst tragedies in life is to have a child born with a defect, whatever it might be. Preventing these defects is critical, and an important contributor to this was Marshall (Marsh) Edwards, dean of veterinary science at Sydney University.

The contribution was in a way accidental. He was a vet, but he was able to show the world that heat stress in pregnancy was a teratogen, an environmental agent that caused birth defects. At various times holding consultancy positions on international bodies, including the World Health Organisation, he made what is now seen as ''a seminal contribution to the field in a major review on the history of birth defects''.

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