February 27, 1892

Nerve-stretching of the Sciatic Nerve.—

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(9):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411130024006

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Professor Charcot has recently laid before the Societé de Chirurgie three successful cases of stretching of the sciatic nerve. A postman was injured, six years ago, while going his rounds, by a fall from a considerable height, striking upon the right hip. Great pain along the sciatic nerve followed and persisted for four months. It then subsided, to be again very acute about three years later. It resisted all medical treatment, and Charcot resorted to surgical treatment. One month after stretching, all pain had disappeared, never to return. In the second case, that of an artilleryman with a similar history, one operation was followed by the cessation of great pain. The third case was that of a young soldier who suffered from sciatica of an absolutely rebellious nature, and in this patient the operation produced immediate relief. In concluding his remarks, Charcot expressed some surprise that the stretching of

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