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June 30, 1956

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Postural Defects

JAMA. 1956;161(9):925. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970090151034

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This well-known textbook on postural defects has been revised, and much new information has been added. The numerous studies on posture made during World War II have provided much additional information for the authors. The present authors are able to present various approaches, since one is an orthopedist, another is a physical educator, and the third is a physical anthropologist. The first chapter, which deals with evolutionary influences on the posture of man, has been revised in the light of Simpson's quantum evolutionary hypothesis, but the authors have retained many of Morton's original ideas. They think that it is now feasible to believe that man did not necessarily require a tremendously long period for his postural adaptations. They state also that "greater advances in growth studies of children of all ages, psychobiological research, as related to posture, and new, effective trends in physical education are drawn upon throughout the revision."

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