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April 13, 1957

DEVELOPMENTAL DEFECTS

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500073022

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Abstract

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

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