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July 25, 1966


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El Paso, Tex

JAMA. 1966;197(4):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110040110032

To the Editor:—  I would call to the attention of the authors of "Folk Diseases Among Urban Mexican-Americans" (196:161,1966) a study conducted by Ales Hrdlica, MD, during the years 1898 to 1905. This was entitled "Physiological and Medical Observations Among the Indians of Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico."1I find that, several years ago, I underlined the portion of page 75 which reads and the midwife applies the ball of the thumb to the roof of the mouth, pressing with considerable force. This treatment is called "palidar" (forcing up the palate); it is for the purpose of raising the "mojera" (anterior fontanel). Falling of the mojera is supposed to be a very common complaint of childhood, and sometimes older people are afflicted with the same trouble.I had placed a big question mark after "older people" and scribbled at the bottom of the page, "depression of the