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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, March 8, appears an excellent editorial concerning acute subdeltoid bursitis, with particular reference to its treatment. This consists of needling of the bursa, the effectiveness of which has been recently emphasized by Alanson Weeks. Unfortunately no citation was made of the original suggestion of Flint in The Journal in 1913 (Flint, J. M.: Acute Traumatic Subdeltoid Bursitis, April 19, 1913, p. 1224) of aspiration of the bursa in this condition, reporting its successful use in two cases. This omission is perhaps excusable in that no reference is made to Flint's contribution in the article of Patterson and Darrach, referred to in your editorial, and although Weeks gives credit to Flint for its use in acute subdeltoid bursitis he states that "unfortunately he said nothing about this treatment for all forms of the disease." As a matter of fact, Flint stated in his paper "It
Harvey SC. ACUTE SUBDELTOID BURSITIS. JAMA. 1941;116(16):1867. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820160119021