Medicine: Coffee Wrist

Britain's postwar coffee jag has created a new orthopedic disorder. London Surgeon A. W. Lipmann Kessel calls it "espresso wrist," explains that he has found it in operators of Italian coffee machines, who have to make several strong turning movements of the wrist for each demitasse of black brew. They get inflammation and tightening of the tendon sheaths. The cure is hydrocortizone. To avoid relapses, the coffeemaker must learn to hold his wrist straight and stiff like a barmaid's.


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