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September 1984


Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(9):892. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140470090035

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In Reply.—I have received copies from Mr Uqdah of much more hostile and lengthy letters that he sent to lay magazines that also picked up my article.

In reply to his specific questions I have little specific comment because Mr Uqdah does not select those statements that appear to be "bogus and horrendous." I do not believe that educating physicians and the public about potential health hazards and poor hair care practices is an affront to a particular population. I believe that the article will serve to help to improve the quality of scalp and hair care provided to children whose mothers abuse such hair by daily braiding. It is black Americans who suffer from the consequences of ill-advised daily braiding of the hair and it is they who will benefit from appropriate direction.

One must distinguish clearly, as I attempted in the article, between tight daily braiding, which

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