Gynecology: The Multiple-Birth Hormone

Eight years ago, Swedish Gynecologist Carl Gemzell found that he could stimulate female ovulation with a hormone he extracted from human pituitaries (obtained at autopsy). Known as gonadotropin, it has made mothers out of nearly half the barren women who were injected with it. The trouble is that it sometimes makes them too fertile, and they give birth to twins, triplets, quadruplets.* Stillbirths have ranged as high as sextuplets.

Last week the hormone's peculiar potency was illustrated in two places half the world apart. New Zealand Housewife Shirley Ann Lawson—a descendant of...

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