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April 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Medical Department of Stanford University School of Medicine and the Santa Barbara Clinic.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(4):717-720. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000100051005

Big babies, like twins, are always of interest, not only to their mothers, who take pride in the new edition of the old stock, but to persons outside the family.

We define big babies as those who at birth weigh over 4,000 Gm. (8 pounds 13 ounces), the most commonly used definition in the literature. The frequency of birth of such large infants has been reported as varying all the way from 1 per hundred births in Tokyo to 15 per hundred in Esthonia. Such aspects of the subject of heavy birth weight as considerations on the biggest living babies on record, the frequency of heavy birth weights with reference to the distribution of all birth weights, the mortality of big babies (before and after birth) and the relation of heavy birth weight to disease (especially diabetes) will be elaborated elsewhere

The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the

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