Medicine: Frenzy in the British Press

The first public hint of the impending birth of a British test-tube baby came last spring not from London's Fleet Street but from, Manhattan's South Street, in the New York Post-After getting a tip that Britain's Dr. Patrick Steptoe was on the verge of success with an in vitro fertilization technique, Post Reporter Sharon Churcher placed an overseas call to Steptoe. He let it slip that a test-tube baby might soon be born, and Churcher broke the news on April 19.

Churcher's carefully worded story was scarcely noticed by the public. But a similar report...

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