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April 7, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(14):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490072027

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To the Editor:—  In the Correspondence section of The Journal, Dec. 24, 1955, page 1676, Dr. Samuel Varco offered a criticism pertaining to my paper "Lumbar Traction—Elimination of Physical Factors That Prevent Lumbar Stretch," published in The Journal, Oct. 8, 1955, page 549. Dr. Varco, in his letter, inadvertently offered a few erroneous statements. For example, he mentioned that I did the work on two cadavers and a medical student. My published papers all state specifically that three living subjects and one cadaver were studied. The study included four sets of experiments, each with five to nine measurements, not only of the body but of all disarticulated segments. Dr. Varco stated that he wondered about the condition of the cadaver. This had no bearing upon the subject, but, upon Dr. Varco's request, he received in November, 1954, a reprint of my article from the October, 1954, issue of Journal-Lancet. This

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