Medicine: Births

In Columbus, Ohio, last month Mrs. Leonard Loomis, 21, was about to have a baby. Her obstetrician, Dr. Abe Herbert Kanter, took Mrs. Loomis' left hand, held it palm down over her head while he softly intoned: "You are going to sleep now. You are so tired, so very, very tired. Just relax. Your arms and legs are relaxing. They are so heavy. Just relax, relax. You are so sleepy, so sleepy, so very, very sleepy. . . . When I count three you will be asleep. . . . One, two, three."


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