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New York/Stuttgart Idiopathic Scoliosis: The Harms Study Group Treatment Guide is the culmination of more than a decade of research and observation by members of the world-renowned Harms Study Group. This new book, published by Thieme, is designed for spinal deformity surgeons who treat idiopathic scoliosis, a dramatic curvature of the spine that accounts for 80-85% of all scoliosis cases.

"There are several spine and even spinal deformity books available, but none that focuses on idiopathic scoliosis --the most common form of scoliosis," says lead editor Peter Newton, MD, University of California–San Diego.

Idiopathic Scoliosis: The Harms Study Group Treatment Guide is a state-of-the-art guide containing more than 600 high-quality illustrations, numerous full-color clinical photographs, detailed line drawings, and high-resolution radiographs. Additional features include chapters on key treatment decisions as well as material on curve assessment and treatment recommendations listed by curve type and pattern.

The Harms Study Group, a team of experts dedicated to improving care through clinical research, developed a vast database of patients who have been treated surgically for idiopathic deformities of the spine during puberty. Since its inception in 1995 this database has expanded to include more than 2,300 patients whose experiences have provided foundation for this textbook. Using these cases and data sets, the authors guide the reader through specific surgical and nonoperative approaches to the multiple types of scoliosis, including guidance on the rationale for each approach, techniques, and results based upon their substantial clinical data.

"This book provides a strong basis for understanding scoliosis…and will likely remain a landmark work throughout the century--a period which promises unrivaled further advances in understanding and treating the still somewhat mysterious condition known as idiopathic scoliosis," says Dr. Newton.


About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a privately held scientific and medical publishing house employing more than 950 people and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Stuttgart and three other locations in Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in medical and scientific publishing. Today, Thieme is the market leading publisher of neurosurgical content and holds strong market positions in orthopedics, radiology, anatomy and chemistry, among other specialties. Thieme publishes 137 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products includeThieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme visit


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