Behavior: A Maternity Ward Nightmare

A switch of Israeli babies stirs sorrow and lawsuits

"Solomon's famous judgment," sighed one attorney, "was easy compared with the complications of this case." True enough. Solomon, after all, had to decide the rightful mother of only one baby in the biblical dispute between the two harlots. Last week, after two months of tearful, rending drama that riveted their entire nation, Israeli officials settled an even more tangled baby case.

The problem began last June at Haifa's Rambam Hospital when two 21-year-old women gave birth some 24 hours apart. One had twin girls, the other a girl by caesarean section. Two or...

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