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The routine treatment of Pott's disease by this or that mechanical device can hardly be said to any longer obtain among orthopedic surgeons.
In choosing the plan of treatment for any given period it is customary to take into consideration the location of the disease, its tendency to destruction or progress towards repair, the severity of the symptoms, the complications, the age of the patient, the care which he may be able to command, and many other factors, such as materials at hand and the surgeon's skill and experience in working them.
The plaster jacket, applied during partial suspension, is still more widely used than either of the other means of immobilization. The materials are at hand or readily obtainable, so there need be no delay in its application, and the responsibility of its construction and perfect fit fall on the surgeon himself. On the other hand, it gives less
THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE TREATMENT OF POTT'S DISEASE. JAMA. 1892;XIX(6):171. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420060025008
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