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The Smallest Living Baby.

Mr Cullingworth, formerly surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester, has publicly stated that the smallest living baby he ever saw was one which weighed 21b and measured 14in in length. But, then, that was four weeks old. In the account of the number of Liliputian mortals, given before a meeting of the Obstetrical Society, one is spoken of as weighing lib 13oz at about Beven weeks old. Dr Bierbaum, of Dorsten, describes a child he saw which measured 13£ in and weighed An American paper, the 'Boston Journal,' a year or two back, mentioned a child born slightly under this weight. Says the anonymous writer: —"We know a bright, intelligent little miss, now residing in this city, who is eleven years old, who weighs about 601b, and who, when she opened her eyeß upon this world, weighed less than l£lb. She was the tiniest piece of humanity which we ever heard of. The nurse, in washing and dressing her, used to lay her in the palm of her hand, and the first few days of her life were mostly spent wrapped up in cotton wool and placed in the basket beside the stove to keep her warm. Her head would go into a smallsized teacup. Can anyone tell of a smaller edition of humanity that grew to be a bright and promising little lady ?"

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The Smallest Living Baby., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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The Smallest Living Baby. Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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