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To the Editor:—
In his letter in the Jan. 26, 1957, issue of the The Journal, page 303, Dr. Harold Kalter castigates me for an assortment of sins, such as: "[he] continues to perpetuate his ideas on the etiology of Mongolism" and for questioning the validity of genetic pronouncements that, as I said, "bypass embryology and teratology and medicine itself." I had mentioned the case of a mother who gave birth to Mongoloid twins after a head-on collision of the car she was driving on the 59th day of pregnancy. The original letter tells that on June 24, 1940, the mother was "driving up a mountain road at an approximate speed of 35 miles per hour. Going around a curve we collided with a car coming down the mountain. The shock was so hard that the steering apparatus was driven down through the boards. My body took the impact." Since
Ingalls TH. DEVELOPMENTAL DEFECTS. JAMA. 1957;163(15):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500073022
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