Medicine: Quadruple Caesarean

Ten obstetricians attended one mother at Philadelphia's Lying-in Hospital last week. So did a pediatrician and four assistants. Some of the doctors around Mrs. Joseph Cirminello, an SEC secretary, were merely spectators. But many were needed, because Mrs. Cirminello was being delivered of quadruplets by Caesarean section under spinal anesthesia—a feat unique in medical history. The operation was done six weeks before the normal birth date because the doctors thought that waiting would endanger the lives both of the mother and her brood. The obstetrician in charge: Dr. John Calvin Ullery of Upper Darby.

As the three girls and a boy were...

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