Medicine: One, Two or Three?

From the U.S. Navy, of all places, came a report last week of an accurate way to tell, as early as the eleventh week of pregnancy, whether a woman will have one baby, twins or triplets. In the A.M.A. Journal, three Navy doctors said they used the electroencephalograph (brainwave machine), pasted leads to the women's abdomens, got recordings of electrical impulses that indicated the number of fetal hearts. The method, they noted, is far safer (for both mother and children) than X rays. Source of the data: servicemen's wives at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth (Va.).


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