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September 2, 1911

THE TREATMENT OF LATERAL CURVATURE OF THE SPINE

JAMA. 1911;LVII(10):786-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090008004
Abstract

For many years the treatment of lateral curvature has been considered a muscular problem to be met by muscular therapeutics, that is, by gymnastics. Although this treatment has been on the whole successful when properly carried out in the functional and milder structural types of the affection, it has been on the whole distinctly unsuccessful in the treatment of the moderate and severe types of scoliosis. The reason for this is that the treatment of the severer types of the affection is a bone and not a muscle problem, and must be carried out by means of sound surgical principles addressed to the reshaping of distorted bone. The treatment to be advocated in the present paper is based on these principles, and the results of the treatment are shown as carried out for three years in the lateral curvature clinic of the Children's Hospital. Boston.

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