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    DOCTORS AT THE NEW ZEALAND HOSPITAL WHERE QUINTUPLETS WERE BORN ON TUESDAY REPORTED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT SEVERAL MORE WOMEN TREATED WITH A FERTILITY HORMONE WERE EXPECTING MULTIPLE BIRTHS.

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    RESEARCH WORKER, JEFFREY PREECE, SPEAKING (SOF) ON THE U.K. EXPERIMENT



    TRANSCRIPT: DOCTOR: "SO FAR, 24. AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT NEWS OF THE RESULTS."



    INTERVIEWER: HOW MANY BIRTHS HAVE THERE BEEN?



    DOCTOR: TEN SO FAR, SIX MORE ARE ON THE WAY. THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR MISCARRIAGES.



    INTERVIEWER: HAVE THE BIRTHS BEEN HEALTHY ONES?



    DOCTOR: COMPLETELY NORMAL AND HEALTHY. THE CHILDREN NOW ARE - THE OLDEST IN 3 YEARS OLD AND ALL THE REST ARE DOING VERY WELL INDEED.



    INTERVIEWER: HAVE THERE BEEN MANY OF THESE MULTIPLE BIRTHS?



    DOCTOR: WE HAVE HAD TWO SETS OF TWINS. THE FIRST SET WE RATHER CONSIDERED DUE TO WON INEXPERIENCE. THE SECOND WE CAN'T REALLY EXPLAIN.



    INTERVIEWER: WHAT DO YOU THINK WENT WRONG IN NEW ZEALAND AND SWEDEN?



    DOCTOR: MOST LIKELY THING IS THAT THE PATIENT HAD TOO MUCH OF THE HORMONE.



    INTERVIEWER: HOW ARE THESE WOMEN CHOSEN?



    DOCTOR: THESE WOMEN ARE CHOSEN AFTER VERY CAREFUL LABORATORY TESTS HAVE BEEN DONE ON THEM TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THEY ARE THE RIGHT TYPE OF PATIENT. THEY MUST BE THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM LACK OF HORMONE WE GIVE THEM.



    INTERVIEWER: WHICH IS...?



    DOCTOR: (NAME OF HORMONE) WHICH IS PRODUCED BY THE PITUITARY.



    INTERVIEWER: CAN YOU SEEN THIS TREATMENT BECOMING GENERALLY AVAILABLE?



    DOCTOR: NOT IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. FOR AT LEAST TWO REASONS.



    FIRSTLY, THE SCARCITY OF THE MATERIAL. SECONDLY, THE DANGERS IF THE TREATMENT IS NOT ADEQUATELY CONTROLLED.




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    Background: DOCTORS AT THE NEW ZEALAND HOSPITAL WHERE QUINTUPLETS WERE BORN ON TUESDAY REPORTED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT SEVERAL MORE WOMEN TREATED WITH A FERTILITY HORMONE WERE EXPECTING MULTIPLE BIRTHS.NONE OF THE WOMEN ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE BIRTH TO MORE THAN TRIPLETS.

    IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT THE DRUG HAS ALSO BEEN USED IN SWEDEN AND OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS IN BRITAIN ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS.THE DRUG, WHICH NOT A SYNTHETIC PREPARATION, ASSISTS WOMEN WHO NATURALLY LACK A HORMONE, WITHOUT WHICH THEY CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO CHILDREN.

    AT BIRMINGHAM, IN ENGLAND'S MIDLANDS, A TEAM OF MEDICAL RESEARCHERS IS TESTING THE DRUG WHICH, TO DATE, HAS BEEN ADMINISTERED TO 24 WOMEN.A MEMBER OF THE TEAM, JEFFREY PREECE, WAS ASKED ABOUT THE EXPERIMENT AND ITS RESULTS SO FAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEWDWOH3SIAMFNW6P3JHVTWGAD
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWDWOH3SIAMFNW6P3JHVTWGAD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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