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November 12, 1898

Braces in Spinal Curvature. A Discussion of a Few Points found in an Editorial of Sept. 10, 1898, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1184-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450200052011

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New York, Oct. 31, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I observe in the Journal of September 10 an editorial on "Curvature of the Spine," which is so far at variance with clinical observations, scientific facts, and known truths, that I believe, in the interest of the profession and the unfortunate individuals afflicted with this deformity, that a short discussion of the editoral and its subject-matter, will not be wholly out of place.I quote from the editorial: "What greater mistake can there be in medicine than that of fitting a brace to a child suffering from spinal curvature?"... "What folly, what total lack of reason it would seem to put a splint on a weak muscle!"... "The fault is entirely one of nutrition and development."These statements are misleading, both to the profession and to the patient. They are arbitrary in their inception, empiric and unscientific as an edict. These statements

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