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June 2, 2017
Q. One writer called him “The Man with the Golden Arm,” so you might guess he's a pro athlete or perhaps an accomplished musician. Well, guess again and make it “out of the box.”
A. First, some medical background: Blood can be “Rh+” (with the Rhesus protein, named after that found in the blood of Rhesus monkeys) or “Rh-” (without the protein), explains Dan Lewis in his book “Now I Know.” If a pregnant woman is Rh- but the fetus inherits Rh+ from the father, her immune system may actually attack the fetus's bloodstream — known as Rhesus disease — causing the fetus to be mildly anemic at birth or even to be stillborn.
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