Medicine: Stand

Is artificial insemination decent? Is it humane? One obstetrician who thinks it is both is Johns Hopkins' Dr. Alan F. Guttmacher. Of the 60 cases of artificial insemination presided over in the last decade by Dr. Guttmacher, 34 have resulted in pregnancies. Last week, at a meeting of the Ohio State Medical Association in Cleveland, Dr. Guttmacher discussed and defended his work.

He follows a six-point rule of his own: 1) donor and recipient must remain absolutely unknown to each other; 2) both patient and husband must approve, and need no urging from either the physician or from each other; 3) the...

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