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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What does Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have to do with vaccines? The connection is Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Or more specifically, it is Roald Dahl’s seven-year-old daughter Olivia, who died of measles in 1962, the year before the development of the first measles vaccine. In 1986, Dahl wrote …

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Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen was a popular movie in 1950 and was remade in 2003 by Steve Martin. It tells the true story of  Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and his family of 12 children. What the movies leave out, not surprisingly, is that Mary Gilbreth, the real life second oldest child in the family, died …

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