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November 30, 1912


Author Affiliations

Junior Assistant Surgeon, Children's Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1912;LIX(22):1940-1943. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110354003

I have been interested in running through the cases of congenital talipes entered on the records of the Orthopedic Out-Patient Depart ment of the Children's Hospital during the past five years. The records of this period, under the filing system, are comparatively easy to handle, and previous records offer little detailed information. My figures have to do chiefly with the occurrence of this deformity.

The number of new patients applying for treatment for congenital club-foot during this period was 232, out of a total number of 4,543, or about 5 per cent, of the clinic. The number has increased steadily, being in 1907, thirty-one; in 1908, forty; in 1909, forty-six; in 1910, fifty; in 1911, sixty-five. This includes all types of congenital deformity, and care has been taken to exclude cases of contracture secondary to paralysis or scar-tissue formation, deformity from trauma, and doubtful cases of all sorts. The majority