SEED OF DOUBT by Day Keene


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This is presumably the first novel to deal with artificial insemination and, while there is every reason to question the anything but highminded use the issue (meaning topic) now serves, it is still a very fertile area for both conjecture, controversy and molodrama, and it is thoroughly processed here from the smear of the laboratory to that of the courtroom. May Miller, married for a few years to Eric, a rather arrogant, immature young man, in children and twice has taken babies out of parked cars. A psychiatrist's verdict is that she must have a child of her own- and a further examination by an old friend of the family Dr. Vale, reveals that Eric, virile as he seems, is sterile. Reluctant to tell Eric that he is not quite the man he thinks he is, May agrees to therapeutic donor insemination (without Eric's consent, a broach of medical ethics for Dr. Vale and a violation of her own faith- Catholicism). They do have a wonderful baby boy, but three years later Eric's father the investigation which leads on to an even uglier scandal in court, Eric's charges of adultery, and May's difficulty in defending herself and her child without ruining Dr. Vale.... Southern Florida in the warm spot and the paternity in easy to establish- the pulps, the line of direct descent- the reprint.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1961
Publisher: Simon & Schuster