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October 9, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(15):1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680150003011b

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May 3, 1926, I was called to wait on Mrs. G., aged 36, the mother of four normal healthy children. When I arrived I found her in the second stage of labor. On examination I had a frank breech presentation. Labor progressed normally, and the child's buttocks were born. I ran my index finger inside to bring down the leg, but found that the child had simply well developed stumps corresponding to about two thirds of the thigh. I used traction on these stumps and delivered the child, and found before me a child with a remarkably developed body but no hands or forearms or feet or legs. The child is now 3 months old and in perfect health, and there was no history of deformities in the family of either the father or the mother.

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