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The Brewski Brothers: 1972

The Brewski Brothers: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Rider in back of car." Continuing the previous post with a view of the back seat. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

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Or.... it could be...

Love the long-winded explanation of what's 'wrong' with the boy's hand (Unilateral, isolated developmental disruptions, blah, blah, blah). Who's to say it's not bilateral? We only see one hand (P.S. It's the right hand, not the left, Genius).. Besides, could it not be simply the result of an accident of some sort? Maybe he ground it off in the engine of one of the many cars on his property.

I'm just sayin'.

[Photographer Gedney noted that the hand was a birth defect. The other (intact) hand is seen in other photos. - Dave]

This image could be from

a Tarantino movie.

Re: Amniotic Band Sequence

Do what now?

Amniotic Band Sequence

Unilateral, isolated developmental disruptions (of the left hand in this case) are most commonly caused by the amniotic band sequence (1:1200 to 1:15000 live births) hypothesized as likely due to early rupture of the amnion with subsequent anular constriction of appendages early in fetal development. These cases are usually sporadic, but the differential diagnosis includes the inherited Adams-Oliver syndrome, symbrachydactyly and ectrodactyly. Without knowing the man's history, and without the benefit of a full examination, the correct diagnosis would remain undetermined.

[Impressive, but needs a bit more research on the difference between left and right. - Dave]

Imperfect Stranger

I realize how impolite it is to point out the physical imperfections of others, especially perfect strangers, but what happened to the guy's hand?

[According to the photographer's notes, it was a birth defect. - Dave]

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