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The first case we will consider to-day is this boy of nine years, who has had spondylitis for two years, and whose mother died of phthisis soon after his birth. There is no history of traumatism so far as it can be elicited, and his step-mother states that her attention was first drawn to his condition by his complaints plaints of pain. He described this pain as passing from his back around the right hip to the front of the abdomen, and that the pain was not constant, but was felt more in the afternoon, after exercise. She also noticed that he afterwards began to carry himself stiffly, and carefully avoided bending the spine, resting often in a stooping posture, with his hands upon his knees, thus transferring the weight of the head and upper extremities to the legs directly. She also noticed, about this time, a protrusion, or "knuckle,"
STILLMAN CF. A CLINICAL LECTURE ON THE MECHANICAL TREATMENT OF POTT'S DISEASE. JAMA. 1885;IV(5):113–120. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390800001001
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