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September 1, 1934


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(University of Toronto) CALLANDER, ONTARIO

JAMA. 1934;103(9):673-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.72750350003011

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The arrival into the world of one baby is generally a matter of some local interest, but the arrival of five babies is so unusual that the interest spreads far afield and the event becomes worthy of recording in medical history.

During the last five hundred years there have been thirty-two authentic cases of quintuplets recorded. Of these, only one group of all five lived about an hour, and of another group, only one of the five lived for fifty days. To these records I wish to add a short history of the birth and early care of the Dionne quintuplets. At the time of writing (July 28, 1934) the five babies are thriving and healthy at the age of 2 months and are gaining steadily in weight.

My practice is situated in a French-Canadian settlement, with my home in Callander, a small village on the East shore of Lake

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