Obstetrics: Drink-- and Have A Normal Delivery

Patricia Cunningham, wife of a New Jersey engineer, was joyously pregnant for the first time in eight years of marriage. Late last year, early in her sixth month, she began to have labor contractions. Since a baby delivered that prematurely would have no chance of survival, Obstetrician Arthur Perell took immediate steps to stop the contractions. But not by surgery to close the womb, a technique sometimes used. Instead, Dr. Perell got Mrs. Cunningham a bit tipsy, and kept her that way until the contractions stopped.

The use of alcohol to save...

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