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Crutch Is Sled and Nothing's Twisted in The Cider Mill

Luke A. Howe, MD
JAMA. 1991;265(2):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460020067026.
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To the Editor. —  The cover of the August 22/29 issue of JAMA entitled The Cider Mill by John George Brown, painted in 1880, is an interesting study of young ladies eating apples.1I wish to take exception, however, with the story and interpretation of the painting by M. Therese Southgate, MD.Although I grew up in a rural Vermont setting some 50 years later, I believe I am correct in thinking that these five girls eating apples are sitting on a sled commonly used for hauling boxes of apples, wood, grain, or other produce, and the sled was on a bench made of a wide board or boards across two carpenter sawhorses. The narrow piece of wood referred to as a crutch near the girl on the left is simply the "tongue" of the sled attached to the front crosspiece holding the runners in place. From my point


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