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November 20, 1926

"OPERATION FOR CORRECTION OF MILD CLAW-FOOT, THE RESULT OF INFANTILE PARALYSIS"

JAMA. 1926;87(21):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680210067034

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Drs. Frank D. Dickson and Rex L. Diveley, who wrote on this subject (The Journal, October 16, p. 1275) seem to have devised a successful operation for this condition, and, being a clinician myself, I have only praise and admiration for anybody that perfects a cure for anything. My criticism of this article, therefore, is in the friendliest spirit and is made solely for the purpose of keeping physiology straight.In the opening paragraph appears the following statement:In all cases of claw-foot due to anterior poliomyelitis, there is weakness or paralysis of the flexor longus hallucis and the flexor longus digitorum, with overaction of the corresponding extensor tendons, resulting in prominence of the ball of the foot and the development of hammer toes.This seems to imply a false conception of the causative factor in the production of claw-foot. The action of the long toe flexors

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