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September 24, 1898

Braces in Spinal Curvature.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):737. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450130059013

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Chicago, Sept. 12, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of Sept. 10, 1898, there appears an editorial entitled "Braces in Spinal Curvature" which contains so many half truths, to put it gently, that it should not pass without comment.The editorial writer says: "The two conditions of tubercular caries and spinal curvature differ so widely in their causation, symptomatology and treatment that each must have a clearcut picture in our mind when examining soinal caries." This is true in so far as causation and treatment go, but it is not true in all cases in so far as symptomatology is concerned. It is true that there are cases that distinctly differ, and there are other cases where those having the greatest experience can not at once differentiate. Lateral spinal curvature may not simulate tubercular caries, indeed there would be no serious harm done to the patient by the treatment

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