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Emergency Medical Minute


May 26, 2017

Author: Sam Killian, M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • “The Rabbit Has Died” is a lesser used phrase to denote finding out one is pregnant.
  • During a test used in the 1930s, the “Rabbit’s Test,” a rabbit was injected with a potentially pregnant woman’s urine.  If the woman was pregnant, the rabbit would begin displaying signs of pregnancy itself.
  • This test required killing the rabbits to visualize the ovaries, hence the term “Rabbit Done Died”.