Ansari Inaugurates Conference on 'Spinal Deformity:Current Concept

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New Delhi, Oct 2 (UNI) Vice President M Hamid Ansari today said that advances in medical science have helped us identify spinal deformity as a medical condition capable of being treated.

As a result, today it is possible to straighten a crooked spine through surgical intervention. The bulk of these cases relate to children and adolescent and their timely treatment allows these patients to regain confidence and resume their normal place in society.

Inaugurating the Scoliosis Research Society Worldwide Programme on ''Spinal Deformity: Current Concepts'' Mr Ansari said here ''human society articulates itself in words and expressions. Each of these conveys a meaning reflective of knowledge or sentiment based on perceptions, observations, experiences or association of ideas.

One such word is 'deformity'. Its connotation, in terms of its dictionary meaning and public usage, is altogether negative and fearsome. Since ancient times and in different cultures, it was attributed to superhuman causation.'' The Vice President said for the first time such a conference is being held in India. He congratulated the AIIMS and the Indian chapter of the Scoliosis Research Society for organising this seminar.

He said it is one more instance of the recognition of India as a country with substantial capacity to deliver specialised medical and surgical treatment. This is a matter of satisfaction.

Mr Ansari wished the conference success in its work of service to humanity.

The conference was attended by over 300 spine surgeons and researchers from different countries across the world. It would help the participants exchange experiences and thereby contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

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