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September 28, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(4):392. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980220076022

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To the Editor:—  Recently there has been some unsolicited publicity in the lay literature about a project which the College of Medical Evangelists is undertaking. The project is concerned with the possibility of detecting cases of phenylketonuria in early infancy by means of a simple diaper test. Detection of these cases has become of importance due to the recent studies which show that mental deficiency may be prevented if treatment is instituted early. The Los Angeles City, the Los Angeles County, and the San Bernadino County health departments are cooperating with us by allowing the testing to be done on the many thousands of infants in their well-baby clinics ( a total of well over 600 "half-day" clinics per month). It is estimated that in the neighborhood of 125,000 tests will be performed on 35,000 to 45,000 infants per year. This letter is to acquaint other doctors with the test that

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