Certain principles in the treatment of tuberculous spine disease appear so firmly established that they have been regarded as axiomatic. For 135 years conservatism has been considered the only reasonable and safe course to pursue, whereas it is only recently that operative measures have come into their own in Pott's disease. Hence to replace conservative by operative measures is to run counter to the established conservatism in the treatment of the disease, and naturally there is opposition on the part of those who have not yet accepted radical measures.
In considering the possibilities of cure for Pott's disease by bone transplantation into the split spines of several contiguous vertebrae, or by any other operative method, clinical experience is necessary to form an unbiased opinion of its practical value. At the last session of the American Medical Association a paper was presented by the surgeon in charge of the Sea Breeze