Medicine: Mother & Child

Laura was only 2½, but so well adjusted for her age—she rarely cried and never had tantrums—that her doctors and parents had no qualms when she was admitted to London's Tavistock Clinic to have an umbilical hernia repaired. Her mother could visit Laura every day, and she would be home in a week. She seemed to understand all this when mummy and daddy explained it. She was even allowed to take her favorite soft toy, unsanitary though it was. Surgery went well, and to doctors and nurses Laura seemed fine. Even her anxious mother thought her occasional crying and distress were...

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