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December 5, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(23):639. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391220023008

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LETTER FROM PARIS.  Lateral Deviation of the Phalanges of the Index Fingers—The Action of Alcohol, Pepsin, and Alkalies on Digestion—Inoculability of Varicella.A curious example of teratology was recently brought to the notice of the Academy of Medicine in a family consisting of a mother and three children, who were all four the subjects of the same malformation, viz: lateral deviation of the phalanges of both index fingers. It would appear that such another example of this deformity has never been recorded, and of course some explanation was looked for. The deformity was evidently hereditary, as the subjects had not been injured, nor are they rickety. An explanation was proffered by the mother, who stated that her mother's mind was frequently impressed, during her pregnancy, with the form of a lobster, the claws of which offer some analogy with her deformed fingers and those of her

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