Medicine: Facts of Birth

In Bogota. Colombia last week, in the midst of a Senate debate on state relief for large families, a Senator uprose to read a telegram just received announcing the birth of seven children, all boys, all living, to Carola and Luis Perez of San Pedro. Some U.S. newsreaders would have been more impressed if they had not just scanned Dr. Palmer Findley's The Story of Childbirth, published last fortnight.* Therein appears a picture of the medieval Italian, Dorothea, her monstrous abdomen supported by a neck-swung hoop, who gave birth to nine babies in her...

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