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September 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):610-611. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450110052005

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What greater mistake can there be in medicine than that of fitting a brace to a child suffering from spinal curvature? Yet this very mistake is repeatedly made by both physician and instrument-maker, to the extreme misfortune and permanent deformity of the child. There are in medicine and surgery a number of conditions which are hidden from observation and palpation, perhaps they are further obscured by a feeling of uncertainty in the anatomy of the part, and at no time in the course of the disease can we see, feel or measure in millimeters the exact extent of the lesion. The physician will invariably draw down the curtain of obscurity before such a case, lose his clearness of vision and make haphazard thrusts at both diagnosis and treatment. Such a region is the spine. It is very difficult to examine the spine, the part that is usually diseased (the body

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