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July 15, 1983

One (little) couple's ordeal

JAMA. 1983;250(3):330. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340030010005

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Like most products of the post-World War II baby boom, Ernie and Dolores Ott are busy with the complexities of young adult life. Ernie, who earned an MBA five years ago, is firmly ensconced in computer sales with a large corporation. Dolores, a brand-new, first-time mother, recently left her job as a local government buyer for family life. With a newborn son, the Otts are preparing to plunge from apartment living into home ownership.

The Otts are not, however, entirely typical. When Dolores underwent her recent cesarean section, Ernie was in the next room—covered in plaster from chest to toes and on a brief leave of absence from the orthopedic hospital where he is about halfway through a six- or seven-month stay for osteotomies and reconstruction of the hips, knees, and ankles.

Both Otts have spent much time in hospitals. Dolores has undergone ordeals similar to Ernie's, including bilateral hip