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Which career first?: Women don't want it all, but they may want children

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:846
  1. Ray Noble, co-director (
  1. Centre for Reproductive Ethics and Rights, University College London, London WC1E 6BT

    EDITOR—The use of the phrase “epidemic of pregnancy in middle age”1 is loaded with value judgments and implies that pregnancy in middle age is akin to a disease. An epidemic by definition is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time or a sudden, widespread occurrence of an undesirable phenomenon. In the words of Bewley et …

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