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December 11, 1987

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

Author Affiliations

Montgomery, Ala

Montgomery, Ala

JAMA. 1987;258(22):3257. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400220056026

To the Editor.—  When I picked up the Sept 11 issue of JAMA I looked with fond memories at the cover that shows a man shelling corn and a little boy playing with corn cobs. This reminds me so much of my childhood days when my father was engaged in a similar activity, and I think I, too, probably built log cabins out of corn cobs.First a few words about nomenclature.1 Unshelled corn is known as an ear, not a husk; thus, the basket in the picture is full of ears, not husks. Second, the basket represents work yet to be done not "what the old man has done, and still has to do." All of the shelled cobs in the picture are on the floor. Third, the shelled cob is spoken of as a cob not a husk, and this is what the little boy is using