The Scoliosis Sourcebook

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Scoliosis is a deforming and crippling disease of the spine that afflicts people of all ages. Left untreated, it can lead to a lifetime of pain and disability. The Scoliosis Sourcebook is a complete guide to understanding this condition that emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, including braces and surgery.

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Michael Neuwirth, M.D., is chief of spine services at the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York City. Kevin Osborn is the coauthor of Heart Disease: Reducing Your Risk.

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The term scoliosis covers many medical conditions, which Neuwirth and Osborn explore in a practical and lucid manner. They say the general outlook is optimistic, for less than 10 percent of those diagnosed with scoliosis will need treatment. The progression of the lateral spinal curvature that defines the condition is highly individualistic, and the effects on one person may bear no relation to how the disease affects another. There is no typical progression of any type of scoliosis. Widespread screening of youngsters in schools is a major diagnostic procedure preceding detailed medical examination and possible treatment. Neuwirth and Osborn devote considerable space to describing the tests that confirm scoliosis; clearly discuss medical and surgical treatments, including braces and operations; and limn a patient's probable stay in the hospital and the steps to recovery. Some of the test descriptions are a bit technical, but on the whole, this is a valuable popular book on its subject. William Beatty
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