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December 24, 1955

LUMBAR TRACTION

JAMA. 1955;159(17):1676. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960340096020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  It was with more than casual interest that I read the article on lumbar traction therapy by Dr. Bernard D. Judovich in The Journal, Oct. 8, 1955, page 549. For many years, I have been interested in pelvic traction therapy for low back disorders, and my method was published in Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, June, 1954. In his article, Dr. Judovich fails to differentiate as to when he is talking about pelvic traction or referring to leg traction, which makes it difficult to evaluate his statements. My studies fully agree with his statements as to the "ascending force dissipation"; namely, the higher the point of traction desired, the greater the amount of weight that must be placed for traction. Clinically, his statements that only weight applied that exceeds 26% of the body weight exerts any force on the body is not borne out. With the patient in

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