THE PERSON IN THE WOMB by N. J. Berrill

THE PERSON IN THE WOMB

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is one of Dr. Berrill's scientific tours (Man's Emerging Mind: Worlds Without End: You and the Universe) conducted for all ages and often in a ""poetic"" style which in the past has had considerable approval, Ibid.--""An egg. any egg. may be likened to a sleeping beauty. All the potential of full and active life is there, needing only the awakening kiss."" Be that as it may, his basics are sound as he discusses the ""sacrosanct"" emergent person from ovulation to the process of birth: fertilization, sterility, contraception (whole approval for the pill and the changing position of the Catholic Church; Dr. Berrill considers an unwanted pregnancy an invasion of privacy). The development of the egg, the embryo, sex differentiation and genetic influences (blood will tell), single and multiple births, influences of drugs, diseases (Rubella), the mother's metabolism, all sound but without any of the more innovational insights of the new science of fetology which graced Dr. Margaret Liley's Modern Motherhood (1967), a more modern book.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1968
Publisher: Dodd, Mead