BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:559
  1. H. Lewis Jones


    A woman in the early months of pregnancy was attending the Electrical Department in St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and while she was sitting upon a bench in the waiting room, she was startled by a little boy who had two fingers of one hand fused together.

    The boy was standing on the bench and put his hand upon her shoulder; she turned to see what it was that touched her, and then saw for the first time his deformed hand, and was agitated at the sight of it. Her baby now has a double fifth toe upon each foot. The right one is almost completely double, and the left one is so to a less degree, being bifurcated, and having two separate toe nails. The deformity had not occurred before in any of her children or relations. I give this case for what it is worth, the relation between the alleged cause and effect being a fairly direct one.

    Upper Wimpole Street.

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