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March 25, 1974

Return of Susannah Sash Shandy-Reply

Author Affiliations

Smyrna, NY

JAMA. 1974;227(12):1382. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250014012

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To the Editor.—  We appreciate the contribution to the standard nomenclature of diseases and operations of "acucullophallia" from Dr. R. R. R. Raleigh (226:1571, 1973), and we agree that the term needs a species designation to accompany the generic designation which he has suggested, since acucullophallia generically includes a condition, usually iatrogenic, that is so widespread and so harmless (though not all will agree with this latter characterization) as to place it outside the bounds of the clinical.We wish to point out, however, that the species Susannahus, since a window sash was involved, hardly should include the toilet-seat syndrome. "Small slam," indeed, but the TS syndrome (for succinctness) described in earlier communications did not consist merely of circumcision (more properly, guillotinization), but evidently of a variety of blows from a blunt object other than a window sash, namely, a toilet seat.We recommend, accordingly, that the toilet-seat syndrome be