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October 20, 1956

UNKNOWN CHILD

JAMA. 1956;162(8):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970250133017

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The police department of the city of New York is endeavoring to identify an unknown white female found in the basement of Beth El Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y., on July 31, 1956, and removed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The subject's medical description, according to Dr. Ferdiman at Bellevue Hospital, is as follows: She makes symbolic gestures with hands and makes many rocking movements, keeping legs in a semifetal position. There is marked wasting of muscles in the legs. She has 24 teeth; bifid uvula; and hypertension at all joints, with no marked neurological deficit or obvious nutritional deficiencies. Height measures 41 in. (104.1 cm.); head measures 18.1 in. (46 cm.); chest measures 21.9 in. (55.5 cm.); weight is 28.25 lb. (12.8 kg.); and x-rays of her teeth reveal a dental age of 8 to 9 years. X-ray pictures of bones reveal age of 8 to 9

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