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March 22, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(12):316-317. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.04360010008003

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Mr. Editor.—I thought you might be interested in some medical matters which sometimes occur in New Jersey. Therefore I send you a partial report of the transactions of the Hudson County District Medical Society, held in Jersey City March 4, 1884. After the regular business was completed, Dr. Charles F. Stillman, of New York, who had been previously invited, delivered a scientific and interesting lecture upon " Backward Traction in the Treatment of Caries of the Spine," illustrated by clinical material.

Dr. Stillman prefaced his lecture by describing the various methods of treatment in general use and classifying them according to the principles upon which they are founded. These are, 1st, simple Fixation; 2nd, Symmetrical Traction, which included the principles of suspension and application of the plaster jacket, and 3rd, Backward Traction, upon which he dwelt more at length.

The origin of this principle, which consists in curving the spine

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