Medicine: Lessons from the Unwed

When an unmarried woman becomes pregnant, she often feels the eyes of the world trained disapprovingly on her. One result is that she tries to conceal her condition as long as possible. Nowa Viennese obstetrician advises expectant mothers who are lucky enough to have husbands that they can learn something about bearing children from the wayward members of their sex. Writing in London's Lancet, Dr. Albert W. Bauer claims that unmarried women usually have an easier time during pregnancy and in childbirth than those who are married.

"Having reason to hide her condition," writes...

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