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accident and not the _result_ of the impression? Because a thing 

_follows_ another thing it does not mean that it was _caused_ by that 

other thing. 

 

Many of the cases given as examples, and by physicians too, are so 

ridiculous that no scientific man can give them the slightest credence 

for one moment. When a physician (Dr. Thomas J. Savage) tells us that 

he attended a lady who had been frightened by a large green frog at or 

about the middle of pregnancy, and that she gave birth to a 

monstrosity, the head of which was that of a large frog in shape, with 

the eyes and mouth and even the coloring of a frog, then he is either 

telling an untruth, or he shows himself as ignorant and credulous as 

any illiterate old woman can be. The doctor should know that at the 

middle of pregnancy the child is _fully formed_ and that there is no 

possibility of an already formed human being changing its shape into 

that of an animal. Another example given by the same doctor, and 

showing the calibre of his mentality, is that of a child which, when 

an infant, not old enough to walk, "would crawl over the floor and 

pick up little objects such as pins, tacks, small beads, without the 

slightest difficulty or fumbling." The reason for this "remarkable" 

skill the good doctor ascribes to the fact that four months before the 

birth of this child the mother had an outing in the woods and had 

derived great enjoyment from gathering hickory nuts which she found 

scattered among the leaves with which the ground was thickly covered! 

 

Very often the so-called shock or fright which the mother experiences 

during gestation is simply a product of her imagination. We know of 

many cases where the mothers never mentioned that anything happened 

to them, and only after the child was born with some kind of mark or 

defect they began to hunt for causes and claimed that such and such a 

thing happened to them while they were pregnant, but on close 

investigation the alleged event was found to have originated in the 

mother's brain. 

 

In short, while the subject of maternal impressions is an interesting 

one and demands further investigation, there is at the present time no 

scientific justification for the belief in maternal impressions. 

Particularly must we scout any stories of maternal impressions during 

the latter part of pregnancy, during the fifth, sixth, seventh, 

eighth, or ninth month. Because after the child is fully formed no 

mental or psychic impressions can make birthmarks on it, amputate its 

limbs, or convert it into any sort of monstrosity. 

 

After the above was written and ready for the printer I came across 

four cases of alleged maternal impressions in a book by Laura A. 

Calhoun ("Sex Determination and Its Practical Application"). The first 


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