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December 11, 1987

Concreted Cornhusker Sent Back to Loam, Sweet Loam. Aw Shucks!

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JAMA. 1987;258(22):3256-3257. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220056025

To the Editor.—  I enjoyed the discussion by Elizabeth Knoll1 of the artwork on the cover of the Sept 11 issue of JAMA. However, I suspect that Ms Knoll's roots are planted in concrete rather than in loam, and I offer a mild reproach on her terminology before my less tolerant brethren in Iowa or Nebraska take a shot at her.The objects scattered on the floor with which the young boy is playing are cobs, not husks, while the basket at the old man's right holds ears of corn, not cobs. Any husks, the parchmentlike covering of the ears, that may have resulted from this process are probably still lying in the field where the corn had been shucked a couple of months before.Moreover, it is interesting to note that every part of this crop was used. The grain went for feed, the stalks for fodder, and