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November 27, 1948


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Albuquerque, N. M.

JAMA. 1948;138(13):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900130050020

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To the Editor:—  The article by Emil Hauser in The Journal for September 4, page 19, undoubtedly must have been read with considerable astonishment by many orthopedic surgeons.It contains statements which most of us have not found to be true in our practice. "... plaster technic is extremely difficult and generally considered impossible until the infant is 3 months old...." I do not know just how many newborn infants with clubfoot have been corrected by myself before they even left the nursery of the obstetrical department, but the number is considerable. "... it was impossible to treat newborn infants because of technical difficulties...." This is a most amazing statement, and I am sure that it has amazed other orthopedic surgeons also. Personally, I have never encountered any particular difficulties in applying small plaster bandages to the tiny feet of newborn infants.It is unfortunate that the magazine Newsweek picked up the

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