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Horse health
One swallow makes a runner
  1. Robert Cook
  1. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, 200 Westborough Road, North Grafton, Massachusetts, 01536, USA
  1. e-mail: drcook{at}

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IF human athletes ran a race with one or more metallic foreign bodies protruding from the side of their mouth, attached by short straps to their hands, I doubt that their poor performance would be attributed by physicians in attendance to some occult lameness. We veterinarians seem doomed to seek the cause for palatal dysfunction in horses (ie, nasopharyngeal asphyxia) in something other than the commonplace. Dr Theodore Woodward's …

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