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March 3, 1923

Lateral Curvature of the Spine and Round Shoulders.

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By Robert W. Lovett, M.D., Sc.D., John B. and Buckminster Brown Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard University. Fourth edition. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 217, with 172 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1922.

JAMA. 1923;80(9):649. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360057034

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Abstract

This edition is of the high character of the previous editions. It furnishes an excellent guide for the general practitioner and specialist who wish to study this most difficult subject. Referring to the matter of faulty attitudes in school and elsewhere the author says that in his opinion it is not likely that they are the causes of moderate and severe structural scoliosis. Regarding the Abbott method of treatment, he says, "The method is evidently no cure-all, and his claims have apparently not been substantiated by others." Operative procedures are still held sub judice, sufficient time not having elapsed since their introduction to allow a proper estimate of their value. Lovett strongly emphasizes the necessity of mobilizing spines in order to obtain the greatest correction, and the need of much gymnastic work in the follow-up care after forcible correction in casts and jackets. The legends of Figures 96 and 97

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