The realization that an established curvature of the spine in its full clinical form is, in the anatomic sense, an incurable condition has prompted intensive search for remote and early causes of the deformity in the hope that early diagnosis would open the way for prevention. The practical result of this movement was the establishment of medical supervision of school children which was inaugurated because the impression existed that a large portion of the deformities of the spine developed during school years. It was expected to strike at the very root of the pathogenesis of this condition. Undoubtedly, school inspection has done a great deal of good in cases of curvature of the spine in that early cases of deformity are discovered and early and more efficient treatment is therefore possible. From this point of view, such inspection must be encouraged.
So far as real prevention of the deformity is
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