Medicine: Preparing Fathers

"Stockbreeders pay great attention to the sires of their cattle. We should attend to our fathers," said London's Dr. George De Swiet last week. He told a working women's conference that he himself took a special diet (emphasis on cod-liver oil and orange juice) before marriage, and recently advised his son to do the same.

Dr. De Swiet to the contrary, 1) getting prospective fathers in good condition might increase the quantity but not the quality of their offspring (TIME, July 24); 2) oysters and eggs will doubtless remain the traditional father fortifiers.


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