August 7, 1967


Author Affiliations

Durham, NC


by Robert Roaf, 147 pp, with illus, $10, Edinburgh and London: E. & S. Livingstone Ltd. (Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co.), 1966.

JAMA. 1967;201(6):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060168038

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Orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians and general practitioners will find this monograph a concise, logical guide to the evaluation and treatment of patients with scoliosis.

The author begins with sections on the basic anatomy, mechanics, and pathology of the scoliotic spine. Each of the basic chapters incorporates recent research information as well as Dr. Roaf's personal views, based on his 20 years of experience with the deformity.

A short, but highly informative, chapter on principles of treatment follows the basic science section. The reader learns the concepts underlying the numerous casts and braces which are used to treat scoliosis, and the factors which make either bracing or traction more effective in particular cases. In addition, he learns the basis for choosing between conservative and operative treatment.

The second half of the book Dr. Roaf devotes to treatment. In a chapter on conservative management he takes up specific braces, traction devices, and plaster