Medicine: Mother of 59

Doctors across the nation last week were discussing the almost incredible case of Mrs. Fred J. Turley of Helena, Ark. At 59, Mrs. Turley had given birth to a healthy (5 lbs. 14 oz.) baby boy.

Last July Mrs. Turley began feeling "queer." In October she consulted Dr. William Ellis Jr. At first he thought she had a tumor, but in December he heard the fetal heart beat and knew that she was pregnant. The baby was born prematurely a fortnight ago.

Mrs. Turley was no Sarah,* but there are few cases on record of childbearing at 59. In the 18th Century, Lucas...

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