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June 1978


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New Haven, Conn

Arch Surg. 1978;113(6):772-773. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370180114024

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The author indicates that since the first edition of this book nine years ago there has been a considerable amount written on scoliosis and some important new developments in treatment. His stated objective is to include this new information and present it in a style that is clear and not confusing or obscure. The author has done this; and for someone interested in a basic, clearly presented overview of scoliosis, this book serves that purpose very well.

Chapter I is entitled "Introduction, Classification and Terminology." This is a very basic chapter that uses a straightforward manner to describe for the reader the proper way to define, measure, and evaluate the various scoliotic curves. Chapter II is labeled "Anatomy and Pathology." Both this and the preceding chapter have a few statements that are only modestly justified and not documented. An example is on page 14. There is a statement assuming that

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