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April 25, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(17):807-813. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430690009002a

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Lewis A. Sayre revolutionized the treatment of tubercular processes of the spinal column by the propaganada of absolute immobilization and freedom from pressure of the diseased portion. That the results obtained by his method were unprecedented is amply evidenced by the fact that his principles have made a triumphal tour around the civilized world and that the use of the plaster of paris corset has come to be considered indispensable in the treatment of Pott's disease.

The symptoms of tubercular infection of the spinal column, first described by Perceval Pott in 1783, have been dilated upon by Sayre in so clear and scholarly a manner that every physician ought to memorize his words, so as to always have them at command; for how many beginners in practice fail to diagnose properly the early stages of Pott's disease and owing to their lack of skill expose themselves to the serious charge

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