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February 22, 1902

THE QUESTION OF SPINAL BRACES IN LATERAL CURVATURE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):508-509. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480080018001d
Abstract

It has been proposed that apparatus having a strong antero-posterior action for the maintenance of lordosis be used, instead of braces which make the customary pressure on the ribs, in lateral curvature of the spine. Experiments in this direction have, however, resulted in nothing notable, and the suggestion has been fruitless so far as I am aware. It may be that the inconvenience of wearing such a brace is too great in a disease which carries with it no menace to the patient's life and but little to her health and comeliness. It might be argued, but not too seriously, that lateral curvature of the spine is an attractive feature, falling in the same category as a slight cast or squint, which has been thought to add piquancy to the beauty of a pretty face. It can not be denied that the typical sigmoid curvature reproduces the technical curved line

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