April 2, 1932

The Intervertebral Discs: Observations on Their Normal and Morbid Anatomy in Relation to Certain Spinal Deformities.

JAMA. 1932;98(14):1212. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400090034

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This was published under the auspices of the Medical Research Council of London. The author was a traveling fellow sponsored by the Radcliffe fellowship. To the student of back and spinal conditions, it is a welcome addition to the literature. It gives information concerning that important but much neglected structure known as the intervertebral disk. The book reflects the teaching of the Dresden pathologist Schmorl, who made observations on more than 7,000 spines examined grossly and microscopically at necropsy. The literature on this subject is scanty. Most of the contributions have come from Schmorl's clinic. There is little literature on this subject in English, wherefore this monograph is more highly acceptable than would ordinarily be considered. The intervertebral disk is undoubtedly an important factor in such conditions as defective posture, scoliosis, epiphysitis, arthritis, compression fracture of the spine, dislocation of the spine, tuberculosis of the spine and osteomalacia. This short

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