Medicine: Risky Summer Pregnancies?

Old wives' tales have long held that it is better not to be born in a certain season (which season depends on which old wife). Physicians are now trying to find out whether there is any basis for the notion. Last week the American Public Health Association, meeting in Cleveland, heard unexpected findings.

As Ohio State University's Professor (of Pediatrics) Hilda Knobloch told it, she and Psychiatrist Benjamin Pasamanick had reasoned that more mentally deficient children would be born in late summer and early fall, because virus infections, which can damage the fetus, are commonest in winter. But when they checked the...

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