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There is some difference of opinion in the profession in regard to Pott's disease and lateral curvature of the spine, and their treatment. Only a few years ago certain gentlemen in the profession claimed that they cured lateral curvature of the spine after serious bone changes had taken place. It is needless for me to say that their statement is incorrect. I am willing to concede that it is much easier to treat patients with Pott's disease of the spine or lateral curvature, in private practice than in clinics; but lateral curvature when treated even in private, when bone changes have taken place, can not be perfectly cured. That it may be arrested and the physiologic curves remedied, and the patient rendered comfortable, is true of almost every case. Then our aim in the treatment of latural curvature is directed more particularly to the prevention of the increase of deformity
PHELPS AM. TREATMENT OF POTT'S DISEASE.A Clinical Lecture delivered before the New York Post-Graduate School aud Hospital, Sept. 26, 1894. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(17):640–642. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421220012001g
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