The Timeshas been asking readers what is the sentence that you would least like to overhear in hospital.
Their and our favourite is the doctor who looked at a reader's X-rays and was to be heard saying quietly: "Oh sh*t."
Can HSJ readers do better? What is the worst thing in your personal and professional lives that you have overheard a dotor say? Anonymity for all is guranteed, if only to spare professional blushes.
With new laws on fertilisation in the offing, the ethics of having a father in a relationship before allowing a child to be artifically conceievd are set to be debated in the news.
Here is a story to get your heads round in the meantime. The Advocate, a US lesbian, gay and transgender magazine, is running a story of a man who used to be a woman carrying a child.Thomas Beatie, who lives inOregon, had become legally male after undergoing a sex change, including having his breasts removed and testosterone therapy. He did not though have his reproductive organs removed, so after he and his wife wanted children but she was unable to conceive, he stopped having the testosterone injections, began having periods again and got pregnant using a sperm donor. He is expecting a daughter in July.
"Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire," Mr Beattie told the magazine, which carries a picture of him with a swollen stomach, flat chest and a beard. He reports that doctors have not been supportive.
"Doctors have discriminated against us, turning us away due to their religious beliefs. Health care professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recogniseNancyas my wife…Outside the local medical community, people don’t know I’m five months’ pregnant. But our situation ultimately will ask everyone to embrace the gamut of human possibility and to define for themselves what is normal."