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June 10, 1939

The Little Doc: The Story of Allan Roy Dafoe, Physician to the Quintuplets

JAMA. 1939;112(23):2465. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800230089045

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Most of this book, which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, purports to be the authentic life of Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe. The author is widely known as a competent journalist. Physicians will remember the original story of the birth of the quintuplets, which appeared shortly after the great event occurred. The book reflects some of the terrific excitement and the confusion that attended this event. Frazier Hunt dramatizes the event and, best of all, tells the real story of its entrance into the news and of its development into one of the biggest news stories of all time. The extraordinary interest for medicine is not so much in the birth of five babies as in their growth and development. Apparently there is no record anywhere in the history of medicine of five prematurely born infants weighing as little as these five weighed and surviving. The story is worth the

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