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SPINAL TRANSPLANT

HENRY BASCOM THOMAS, B.S., M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1064-1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560390004002.
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This article was suggested by Dr. E. Wyllys Andrews, and is a plea for fair judgment, favorable or unfavorable, of the autobone transplant of Dr. Albee for tuberculous spondylitis.

The treatment of tuberculous vertebrae by the non-operative method in the hands of most orthopedists terminates satisfactorily to the patient and to the surgeon in those cases which he can keep under control for a long period of time — say two or three years. There are cases, however, in which future health and bread-earning ability depend on:

  1. Such control as the operative method seems in some instances to give.

  2. A shortened period of recumbency which in a number of my cases has apparently been due to the added support of the bone splint. It is only fair to give the facts regarding the results, good and bad, of the work in this field, to those

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