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October 24, 1885

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1885;V(17):470-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391160022007

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Abstract

Digital Tenotomy for Pianists—The Lemon Treatment of Bilious Fever—The Death-rate—Ancient Anæsthetics—Prof. Huxley—Hospitals in London—Anisic Acid, the New Antipyretic.

Attention is again being called, by a well-known medical man, to the benefit to be derived by those who practice frequently on the piano, harp and stringed instruments generally, by submitting to a surgical operation which consists in dividing the tendons of the ring finger. Pianists are aware that out of the five fingers composing the hand, the fourth one, as it is termed, is the most rebellious in action, being alike the weakest and least flexible of all the others. This feebleness proceeds from the lateral tendons that join the ring to the other fingers, and in a measure paralyze its movements. The operation is simply that of tenotomy. The finger becomes as free as the others, and can work upon the key-board or music strings with

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