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A message for the future in a plea from the past
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    Dear Editor

    I'd like to thank Dr Chakrabarti for his useful comments. The painting itself is open to a wide degree of interpretation but essentially shows a disabled child begging for a living, which was the theme of the paper. The fact that the boy is holding a begging note is suggestive of some form of speech disability but clearly we cannot know what that is. The paper itself was an attempt to what indicate wh...

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    Response: A message for the future in a plea from the past
    Dear Editor,

    I am writing in response to a recent report on Ribera's 'The clubfooted boy', in which the authors coments, 'whether his disability was congenital or occurred later, affecting his speech, we can never know'.[1]

    The boy's right-sided spastic hemi paresis with 'mutism' points towards a cerebral cause and a hemiplegic cerebral palsy. He also has right-sided hemi-hypoplasia, as seen by his arm length, folde...

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