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April 25, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(17):1325-1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.25610420002014a

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After about two years' experience with the Abbott treatment of scoliosis in a series of seventy cases, it occurred to me that some of the difficulties in the treatment with plaster jackets might be overcome if a brace were used, and the one illustrated was devised.

The brace consists of pelvic and thoracic bands, three upright bars, and an accessory bar to guide the direction of the three canvas bands used to exert pressure. The pelvic band (Fig. 1, a) grips the pelvis firmly, and is reinforced by curved bars (Fig. 1, b) fitted accurately over the crests of the ilia. On the side of the deformity in front, it is provided with a hinge (Fig. 1, c) to allow for opening up of the brace during its application or removal. The thoracic band (Fig. 1, d) is so constructed that on the side opposite the deformity it lifts the

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