Medicine: Chosen Children

Dr. Valentina Pavlovna Wasson of New York City has two adopted children. Like most foster parents, she fretted about telling her children that they were adopted. She finally solved her problem by doing a picture book for them about a Man and His Wife who were "happily married for many years. Their one trouble was that they had no babies of their own." The care they take in selecting a baby and the care the orphanage takes in checking on the foster parents—even peeking under their beds for dust (see cut)—are all described so as to reassure the children that being...

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