Germaine Greer, Brisbane Times: “Kate’s condition can kill, it’s no joke”
ON March 31, 1855, Charlotte Bronte died. She was 38 years old, married a mere nine months and she was pregnant. What killed her was probably the same disorder that is now afflicting the Duchess of Cambridge.
Even common or garden morning sickness is no joke, especially if you’re trying to hold down a job at the time.
Kate’s boss is understanding, we hope.
It is typical of the skewed priorities of medical research that little effort is going into finding out why morning sickness happens and how to prevent it. Nor do we know why two or three in every thousand pregnant women will vomit themselves to dehydration. Fortunes are spent on finding ways to prolong the lives of the elderly rich; nothing is spent on helping young women to come through pregnancy fit enough to undertake the hardest job of their lives.
There has been research:
In the June issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology, Samuel M. Flaxman and Paul W. Sherman report that NVP (for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, ...