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March 22, 1985

Musicians and Their Conditions: Pros and Cons

JAMA. 1985;253(12):1723. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350360049013

To the Editor.—  The Aug 24/31, 1984, issue of The Journal was most interesting. I first read the interview with Dr Victor A. McKusick.1 My attention was called to the interview because of my interest in Dr McKusick's work that arose in 1966, when as a medical student I received a copy of his book, Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue, as a prize.In the same issue of JAMA, Terra Ziporyn's2 MEDICAL NEWS report, "Pianist's Cramp to Stage Fright: The Medical Side of Music-Making," includes a photograph on page 998 of a trumpeter who would develop pharyngocele related to his trumpet playing. The photograph of the young man's neck also includes a view of his hand. The positioning of his fingers strongly suggests lax-jointedness, reminiscent of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.3 It might be worthwhile to ask Dr McKusick to comment on the photograph. There was no mention of the