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June 4, 1982

Obstetrics and Gynecology

JAMA. 1982;247(21):2966-2968. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460066026

Heightened public interest in medical progress has brought the news media into an ever increasing role in the dissemination of new information. Frequently, the television, radio, or newspaper is the first source of such information, long before it appears in the medical journals, where a careful, dispassionate presentation of the facts can be made and subjected to peer review and criticism.

Two developments in obstetrics and gynecology received wide publicity in 1981, exciting the imagination of the medical profession and the lay public. These were the birth of the first baby in the United States to result from in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, and the successful in utero placement of an indwelling suprapubic bladder catheter into a male fetus with urethral obstruction, allowing further in utero development. Both of these events were the result of tremendous strides in several disciplines and the amalgamation of their findings. Both occurred because