BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6458 (Published 15 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6458

Were you involved with Smallpox Zero, the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox from the world? If so, you’re invited to send your stories, reminiscences and photographs to the archives of the Edward Jenner Museum (www.jennermuseum.com). The museum intends to publish a book of personal memories and anecdotes, the profits from which will go to the charity. Some of the material will also be incorporated into exhibitions and displays. Please contact [email protected]

The cause of infantile colic is still debated. One hypothesis is that it’s a pain syndrome, with the pain coming from sucking the bottle or the nipple, and excessive crying resulting in aerophagia and abdominal discomfort. Complex mechanics involve the tiny digastricus muscle moving the hyoid bone, which opens the mouth, which pushes the mandible back, which in turn helps to move the tongue. So the pain is initially muscular, but later arises from the origins and insertions of the muscle. As the muscle develops and gains strength, the pain fades away (Medical Hypotheses 2010;75:528-9, doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2010.07.014 …

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