Medicine: Ovaries for Bleeders

Dr. Carroll Collins Lafleur Birch, 36, is an associate in internal medicine at the University of Illinois medical school. Recently she located a family of hemophiliacs, or bleeders, in southern Illinois. During 125 years and through six generations there have been 16 bleeders in that family. The living members provided an ideal group for research.

Hemophilia is a blood disease. The blood coagulates very slowly. A nosebleed may become a fatal hemorrhage. A chafed skin may ooze blood for weeks and weeks, until death ensues. Females never have true hemophilia, although some suffer...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!