Gynecology: Hormones for Fertility

Fertility clinics across the U.S. were swamped last week with anxious pleas for "that new drug that makes twins or quads." The furor was touched off by the disclosure that at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center a New York City woman who had been barren for six years had borne quadruplets after treatment with a new hormone preparation. The drug has not only promoted fertility in many of the cases in which it has been tried, but has also increased the likelihood of multiple births. Of 21 women treated at Columbia, 15 became pregnant, and the seven completed pregnancies have...

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