Medicine: Superpregnancy

Since the birth of her son Gregory four years ago, Mrs. Edna Stanek, 34, of Lakewood, Colo., has hoped for another child. A fortnight ago, she more than got her wish when she delivered sextuplets. Although one of the babies died shortly after birth, at least two of the infants seemed to have a good chance of surviving.

The odds against having sextuplets naturally are around 5 billion to 1, and the odds against having all six survive are probably beyond computation. But Mrs. Stanek had help. Unable to conceive after the birth of her first child, she had been taking a...

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