Letters, Aug. 21, 1978

Huxleian World

To the Editors:

In all fairness to Gilbert and Lesley Brown, let's stop treating their new baby daughter as a medical oddity. Like every child ever conceived and born, the so-called test-tube baby [July 31] spent about nine months in utero and entered the world in a manner acceptable to society and medicine. Louise Brown was conceived in a Petri dish, not a test tube, and she developed and was born from within her natural mother's womb. To herald this girl as a test-tube baby only perpetuates the myth that we are entering a Huxleian world of callous indifference to childbirth...

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