Medicine: Chinese Marvel

The phenomenal appearance of the Dionne quintuplets in Canada last May sharpened the ears of world Press for news of multiple births.* Last month Rumania came forward with a report of sextuplets (TIME, July 23). That was an event which, according to the "Rule of 87," could occur only once in 5,000 million births. Subsequent investigations proved the Rumanian "sextuplets" to be only twins.

Last week China was crowing loudly over a marvel unknown to medical history. Not ultraphenomenal sextuplets, not hypersuperlative septuplets, but metaphysical octuplets were blazoned in the headlines of the...

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