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Mary Poppins and Elbow Pain

September 25, 2009

mary-poppins[originally published in KCN, November 2009]

Imagine, if you will, a Hollywoodesque, classic scene of a bygone era when a tantruming, unruly, obstinate toddler is grabbed by the wrist from his stern, fast-walking, nursemaid — who exemplifies the antithesis of Mary Poppins — and is briskly pulled along across the courtyard and up the steps of the manor.  What you probably wouldn’t imagine though is what might happen next:  the child shrieks out in pain and the arm that had been pulled by the nursemaid now hangs motionless.  Too hard to imagine?  Well, it must have happened often enough, because doctors ended up giving it a name: “nursemaid’s elbow.” (more…)


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