August 1976

Scoliosis: Diagnosis and Management

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15 Prince St Rochester, NY 14607


by Rene Cailliet, 132 pp, 62 illus, $8.95, FA Davis Co, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(8):907. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120090117033

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Since four adolescent girls in every thousand have scoliosis, and since between 2% and 11% of the adult population is similarly afflicted, a brief, readable monograph can be very useful. Professor Cailliet, Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Southern California, has written just such a book for all professional and nonprofessional people who come in contact with children. He hopes that by arming these people with an understanding of the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of scoliosis, more people in our society will receive early treatment, thereby reducing the numbers deformed and disabled by scoliosis.

To write for physicians and laymen alike is a difficult task, part of which Dr Cailliet has handled well. Although his discussion of normal spinal anatomy is too detailed for school nurses and gym teachers, it explains the rotational deformity of the scoliotic child clearly and concisely, with good illustrations. Subsequent

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