The Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Dorris, Michael
0060160713 / 9780060160715 Good.
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket BOOK CLUB EDITION 1989. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Light-to-average wear. 300pp, Index, Notes, Bibliography. Language: English. 'In his intensely personal, disturbing, and moving account of a father's struggle to come to grips with the devastating and yet preventable condition, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Dorris gives us vital information about a crisis demanding worldwide attention. Himself a Native American, anthropologist/novelist Dorris (A Yellow Raft in Blue Water) adopted an Indian child in 1971 who, after batteries of tests and transfer from school to school, was finally diagnosed as suffering from FAS. To understand fully his son's condition, Dorris was compelled to systematically confront Native American history. Here he tells of infants born in the throes of delirium tremens, of social workers so frustrated that they frankly discuss the possibility of incarcerating drunken expectant mothers during pregnancy or of sterilizing repeat offenders. Dorris includes a wealth of scientific data, excellent treatments of alcohol's effects upon Native American culture and of the physiopathological aspects of FAS, and a very complete bibliography. Highly recommended.'--John Creech, Library Journal, 1989.