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March 25, 1974

From the Editor's Desk

JAMA. 1974;227(12):1384. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250016018

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A small deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint of the right index finger is thought by Clarence W. Olsen, MD, of Loma Linda, Calif, to be related to heavy pressure from the "peculiar" way Americans seem to use their forks.

B. W. Mandelstam, MD, of Laguna Hills, Calif, observes the necessity of telling true Englishmen who come to the United States to please learn to speak our language, both idiomatic and medical! He finds various English terms as puzzling to us as American idioms may be to English-speaking people from abroad.

In the case reported of persistent masturbation in a 23-year-old retarded man, R. G. Hopkins, MD, of Algona, Wis, writes that the only way to stop the habit would be to castrate the man, which would undoubtedly cure the problem in about six weeks.

Traveler's ankle edema can be seen in motorists as well as in train riders, says