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September 1, 1934

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JAMA. 1934;103(9):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750350048018

THE DIONNE QUINTUPLETS  Elsewhere (p. 673) appears the account by Dr. A. R. Dafoe of the birth and successful rearing to two months' growth of quintuplets. The incident is notable —apparently the first of its kind to occur in the history of medicine. True, there have been previous records of quintuplets, perhaps as many as from thirty-two to thirty-five instances, but, as Dr. Dafoe points out, in no previous instance have quintuplets ever reached the age of two months. The incident, while extraordinary, is useful as well in pointing a moral. Callander, Ontario, as every one now knows, is far from being a metropolitan community. Its population is around 600 people and Dr. Dafoe is the only doctor there. Nevertheless, to him there came an extraordinary opportunity. With the traditions of medicine and an excellent sense of the ethical requirements of the situaation, he met the occasion. As evidence, one needs only to

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