From the time of Hippocrates, 500 B. C., until the present time the history of spinal surgery has been indissolubly linked with the general advancement of surgical knowledge. At no time, however, during all these centuries, so far as the writer can ascertain, has there been anything like an unanimity of opinion among medical men as to the proper treatment for these cases. In the time of Percival Pott all cases with kyphosis, even rapidly increasing, attended or unattended with abscess, were classed indiscriminately as Pott's disease. In this generation we have scarcely less erroneous statements from men who claim it is possible to cure cases of lateral curvature of the spine even after extensive bone changes have taken place. It is scarcely necessary for me to say here that these views are not now endorsed by representative surgeons. New ideas, however, even when sustained by unlimited pathologic and bacteriologic
MARSTON DW. ROTARY LATERAL CURVATURE AND POTT'S DISEASE OF THE SPINE.DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS AND RATIONAL TREATMENT.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1437–1440. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480220023001i
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