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January 1937


Author Affiliations

From the Orthopedic Services of Dr. Samuel Kleinberg, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Israel Zion Hospital, Brooklyn.

Arch Surg. 1937;34(1):23-81. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190070026003

Platyspondyly is a congenital anomaly consisting essentially of a widening of the vertebral body, as is indicated by its derivation from the Greek terms platy meaning wide and spondylos signifying vertebra. This designation was coined in 1910 by Putti, who was the first to describe the deformity. The lesion was previously mentioned by Nau (1904) in his thesis on "Congenital Scoliosis," in which he described it as a widened bilobar vertebra. Subsequent to Putti's work, little mention was made of this anomaly save in the theses of Chevrier (1912) and Breton (1921). In 1927 Lance reported eight cases of this condition and definitely established it as a clinical entity. Further observations of this anomaly were made in France by Mouchet, Mauclaire, Botreau-Roussel, Clavelin, Tavernier and Massias. A search of the American and English literature failed to reveal a single report of this maldevelopment. Since I had the good fortune to

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