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March 16, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(11):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110071027

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To the Editor:—  A scientific fact is unaltered by the question of its parenthood, but for the sake of historical accuracy we wish to call your attention to what appears to us to be an accidental oversight by two of your contributors. Drs. C. L. Spingarn and S. H. Geist in The Journal of Dec. 30, 1939, gave an able discussion of the effect of hyperparathyroidism in the mother on the developing embryo. They state that Bakwin (Tetany in Newborn Infants, J. Pediat.14:1 [Jan.] 1939) called attention to the existence of hypoparathyroidism in the newborn. Permit us to say that three years before the appearance of Bakwin's publication we established by means of chemical and metabolic studies the existence of hypoparathyroidism in a 7 weeks old infant (Infantile Tetany, Am. J. Dis. Child.51:816 [April] 1936). We wish to repeat that, while the question of priority may not be important, the added evidence which we presented to favor the thesis of Drs. Spingarn and Geist is of sufficient importance to merit your attention.

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