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August 4, 1906

An Essay on the General Principles of the Treatment of Spinal Curvatures.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):377. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520050061019

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This is a plea for the author's method of treating lateral curvature, which is by the use of a brace worn during the day and a jacket at night. The brace consists of a steel pelvic band fixed by gored webbing that laces around and over the hips; from this arise two lateral steels that buoy the trunk by axillary crutches, and two posterior median spring steels that have been tempered in a corrected position; the interspaces of this four-upright frame are filled by lacing-pieces both behind and in front. The night jacket is made of any suitable stiff material (stiffened felt, stiffened leather or plaster-Paris) on a plaster-Paris cast of the trunk that has been shaved off and filled in to a corrected shape. The book is devoted to the consistent effort to support the principles underlying this form of treatment, the principles of "advenience," i. e., adaptation to

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