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June 23, 1906

THE TREATMENT OF LATERAL CURVATURE OF THE SPINE.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(25):1915-1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510520019002e
Abstract

The treatment of lateral curvature of the spine presents the most difficult problem in the orthopedic surgery of to-day. This is, in part, because of the intrinsic difficulty of the problem and, in part, because the treatment of this condition has been, in a measure, relegated to the domain of gymnastics and, to a certain extent, set apart from other surgical deformities and considered as an affection outside of the ordinary surgical principles.

The treatment has consisted, in a large measure, of inadequate and irrational gymnastics sanctioned by tradition and often carried out by persons with a very imperfect knowledge of the subject.

The following statistics1 collected among school children show lateral curvature of the spine in a surprisingly large percentage of all cases:

There is no reason to suppose that American children are any less affected than the children in Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

Any pathologic condition which

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