Medicine: Not Even Slightly

False pregnancy has sometimes been a subject for jest, but to doctors, who call it pseudocyesis, it is no laughing matter. Many general practitioners and some specialists have been fooled by women who seemed to be in labor but proved to be not even a little bit pregnant.

Three doctors at Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College Hospital report in the current issue of Philadelphia Medicine on a study of 27 cases of false pregnancy —the longest such series in medical annals. Some false pregnancies, said Drs. Paul H. Fried, Abraham E. Rakoff and Robert R....

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