Medicine: Lost Babies

Of every 100 women who become pregnant, the statistics show, some 85 will give birth to live babies after about nine months, and five will bear premature babies, of which four will live. But in the remaining one-tenth of all pregnancies, the women will lose their children by involuntary abortion before they are mature enough to survive independently. Why? And what can be done about it? In Spontaneous and Habitual Abortion,* published this week (Blakiston; $11). Dr. Carl Theodore Javert. a busy, unorthodox

Manhattan obstetrician, gives this life-and-death subject the full treatment for 450 illustration-packed pages, comes to some unconventional conclusions.

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