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February 16, 1907

Superstition in Teratology.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520330067015

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Dallas, Tex., Jan. 30, 1907.

To the Editor:  —The article of Dr. E. T. Shelly, published in The Journal, January 26, contained many convincing arguments and the author's views will undoubtedly be endorsed by every progressive physician. I do not wish to take issue with him, on the views expressed by him, in regard to the subject of contiguity and continuity of mother and fetus, although he seems to have overlooked the unquestioned factor of heredity, but I wish to relate one interesting case in connection with this subject. A man had one child born by his first wife, with a pes equino varus. He married again, his second wife became pregnant, and although there was no other case of malformation in her husband's or her own family, she was constantly worried about the possibility of having a deformed baby. She gave birth to an otherwise perfectly healthy child, but

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