Medicine: War Effort?

Did the war have something to do with it? To minds troubled by worldwide death recurred an old wives' saying: nature tries to make up for man's mass killings by multiple births. How else explain the widespread news of quintuplets, quadruplets, triplets and twins? Last month had seen U.S. Army Sergeant Bill Thompson's British-born quadruplets (TIME, March 13), the Argentine Diligenti quintuplets (TIME, March 27), the Argentine quadruplets born (they soon died) the same week the Diligentis were discovered, the sextuplets Nicaragua claimed one day, denied the next. Last week Manhattan's...

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