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Table 4 Evolution of indexed literature on idiopathic scoliosis treatment from the period 1970–1974 to the period 1999–2004, based on a Medline search. All the indexed literature is considered, plus the contents of the journal "Spine", whose impact factors is one of the highest in this field.

From: Social acceptability of treatments for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a cross-sectional study

    Papers published in each period of five years
    1970–74 1980–84 1999–2003
  First term AND % % %
Medline "Idiopathic scoliosis"   59   243   495  
  "Idiopathic scoliosis" surgery 20 33,9% 65 26,7% 268 54,1%
  "Idiopathic scoliosis" "conservative treatment" OR brace OR braces OR exercise OR exercises 19 32,2% 44 18,1% 94 19,0%
Journal "Spine" (founded in 1978) "Idiopathic scoliosis"     40   198  
  "Idiopathic scoliosis" surgery    10 25,0% 135 68,2%
  "Idiopathic scoliosis" "conservative treatment" OR brace OR braces OR exercise OR exercises    9 22,5% 27 13,6%