Patient privacy and Latin: my father’s story

William E M Renton-Power
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01300.x
Published online: 17 September 2007

To the Editor: The tale told by Katherine Haley’s father about his clever advice on how to protect the privacy of a young pregnant woman makes a good story.1 However, while “non” is a Latin word, “pseudocyesis” is very good Ancient Greek (ψευδοκύησις). Queen Mary I (“Bloody Mary”), who was believed for many months to be with child but ultimately returned to court childless, may have suffered from pseudocyesis.

  • William E M Renton-Power

  • Rockhampton Hospital, Rockhampton, QLD.



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