Medicine: Cinematic Caesarean

A Vienna childbirth which an eminent surgeon last week feared might put him in jail began when the woman, her features twitching, yelped and fell into an eclamptic fit. Her whole body became rigid. She clenched her teeth, stopped breathing. Her face turned dusky red. For more than a minute she lay like that. Then, after a few minutes of spasmodic limb-yanking and body-jerking, she relaxed into a deathly coma.

In that state she was carried to the University of Vienna's gynecological clinic directed by Dr. Wilhelm Weibel. To his trained eye the woman...

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