February 1952


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AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(2):154-155. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040060020002

IN THE course of routine pediatric practice, many physiological phenomena are observed that seem to be common knowledge but are actually poorly recorded. An example is the presence of knock-knees between the ages of 1 and 6 years. I was unable to find any definite discussion of this in several textbooks of pediatrics1 or in a survey of the literature.

Because of the ever increasing practice of preventive medicine, these minor points become more important, in the instance of knock-knee for several reasons: First, the practitioner should know that "knock-knee" is normal and to what degree he may consider it to be physiological. Second, there should be a fairly accurate

technique of measuring the distance between the medial malleoli in order that one can determine the need for treatment of pathological knock-knee. If some therapy is indicated, then comparative figures would give the physician an index as to the

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