Medicine: False Pregnancy

One spring day last year, a young woman walked into the clinic of the Boston Lying-in Hospital. She had the "profile," said Dr. Robert Northwall Rutherford, of a woman five months' pregnant. Proudly she told the doctor about the lively kickings of her unborn child, which her husband had also noticed.

Dr. Rutherford gave the patient a careful examination. She was not pregnant. She had no tumor. He wanted to find out what caused the huge swelling, but "she received the diagnosis of spurious pregnancy with contempt," and marched off to consult another physician....

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