Critical periods in human growth and their relationship to diseases of aging.

@article{Cameron2002CriticalPI,
  title={Critical periods in human growth and their relationship to diseases of aging.},
  author={No{\"e}l Cameron and Ellen W. Demerath},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2002},
  volume={Suppl 35},
  pages={159-84}
}
It has long been recognized that there are "critical periods" during mammalian development when exposure to specific environmental stimuli are required in order to elicit the normal development of particular anatomical structures or their normal functioning. The responses of the organism to these stimuli depend on a specific level of anatomical maturation and a state of rapid anatomical and/or functional change. This discussion of critical periods in growth is not confined to the classic… CONTINUE READING
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