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The Romanian adoption ‘Experiment’
  1. Robert Scott-Jupp
  1. Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Robert Scott-Jupp; scottjupp{at}

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How much does very early physical and emotional deprivation damage long-term cognitive ability and mental health? Population cohort studies are inevitably subject to all sorts of ongoing confounding factors. So the only way to answer this question would be to do a controlled trial. Unethical, surely? Well yes, but a unique set of circumstances in the 1990s presented an opportunity for a natural experiment. Readers will remember that, after the fall of the notorious Ceausescu regime in Romania in 1989, it was revealed that …

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