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To the Editor:—
I am writing you in reference to the article in the September 4 issue of The Journal, page 19, "Cohesive Bandage for Clubfoot in Newborn Infants," by Emil D. W. Hauser, M.D., Chicago. I think it extremely unfortunate that an orthopedic surgeon with the standing of Dr. Hauser, particularly one who is so well recognized for his knowledge and skill in treatments of condition of the foot, would make such positive and misleading statements in regard to the use of plaster in the treatment of congenital clubfeet.Whether or not plaster is the best method, or whether or not cohesive bandage is an improvement over the plaster technic, it has been well established for many years that plaster of paris casts could be applied as early as the first day with perfect safety and that correction could and should be promptly started. I think it is unfortunate
O'Donoghue DH. CLUBFOOT IN NEWBORN INFANTS. JAMA. 1948;138(13):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900130050019
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