There is no need to stress the tremendous economic importance of satisfactory treatment of this disease attacking as it does young men and women yet to reach their prime. The response to comprehensive radiotherapy is most encouraging and at times even dramatic. Probably it is correct to state that the results prove more gratifying than in any of the benign conditions which the radiotherapist is called upon to treat.
Sadly, it took many years and countless cases of leukemia before radiation therapy was abandoned as a treatment for AS.
The Great Wasteland
The spine is a great wasteland. After all, this sizable chunk of body real estate does not readily lend itself to a careful, critical exam. For many doctors, it fails to attain the prominence of the heart, with its complex array of murmurs, rubs, clicking sounds and palpable heaves. Palpation of the spine fails to excite the examiner the way an enlarged spleen or liver does.| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page