April 25, 1914

The Intervertebral Foramen: An Atlas and Histologic Description of an Intervertebral Foramen and Its Adjacent Parts.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(17):1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560420059034

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During the last decade several so-called "schools of medicine" have arisen, based on the assumption that disease, instead of being a specific result of definite causes, is simply a manifestation in different parts of the body of interference with the nerve-supply due to pressure on the spinal nerves at their point of exit from the spinal canal. This is one of the dogmas of the osteopath, although his conception of the human body as a machine admits of various other "lesions" in the form of dislocations of muscles, tendons and even blood-vessels. Several of the latter-day cults, however, are based entirely on the theory that pressure on the spinal nerves is responsible for all imaginable ills. Such a cause being admitted, the treatment is esay—simply remove the pressure. Unfortunately for these faddists, however, the demonstration of their major premise involves a large amount of careful scientific research which they have

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