Letter: Give it the elbow

Sir: The advertisement for Ford cars on pages 14/15 of 16 January shows two young boys being swung off the ground at arms' length by an adult. This manoeuvre is potentially dangerous because of the risk of dislocation to joints in the arm. One can only speculate how many times these boys would have been subjected to this in order to get the desired "shot".

Every year many children suffer pulled elbows in this way, and it was irresponsible to print this. I wonder if you would have felt less comfortable showing two dogs being swung by their tails.

Dr THOMAS J ULAHANNAN MRCP

Oxford

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