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September 23, 1950

Orthopädische Gymnastik

JAMA. 1950;144(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040068035

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This small monograph was written by an eminent German orthopedic surgeon. The confidence in physical therapy and the concept of the extreme value of gymnastics in the treatment of different kinds of deformities is typically "continental." Orthopedic practice without a large room equipped with a great number of mechanical devices for the correction of deformities under the guidance of a trained physical therapist is unthinkable.

Hohmann discusses the different types of kyphosis, lordosis, flat back and scoliosis. Gymnastics have their place particularly in the treatment of kyphosis due to weak musculature of the back and in lordosis secondary to dorsal kyphosis and also in the early stage of Scheuerman's kyphosis. A great number of exercises are described and illustrated by photographs and even more instructively by schematic drawings.

In regard to scoliosis, the skeletal deformity and muscular changes are described. Fortunately, no attempt is made to interpret the scoliotic deformity

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