Medicine: Turnabout

Obstetricians, who like to boast that they have never lost a father, had better look out. The British Medical Journal reports that a 27-year-old soldier felt so much sympathy for his pregnant wife that he suffered attacks of pseudopregnancy himself.

Pseudopregnancy is fairly common among women, especially those very anxious to have children. Usually the abdominal swelling is steady and accompanied by a gain in weight. Sometimes women have a spasmodic abdominal distention. The soldier's swelling was of the latter type. "On Feb. 13 he had received a letter from home at 8 a.m.,...

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