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November 1944

Segmental Neuralgia in Painful Syndromes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(5):429. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290350090010

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This book deals with segmental pain and tenderness, or segmental neuralgia, as it is manifested throughout the body. According to the authors, "segmental pain and tenderness, or segmental neuralgia, is defined as an area of spontaneous pain within one or more tender skin sensory segments (dermatomes)," which "in the majority of cases... is due to the irritation of the roots and/or nerve trunks." Treatment depends on the precipitating factor and on proper localization of the painful zone. In the acute stage treatment is directed to the specific, etiologic factors, and in the chronic stage it consists mainly of the removal of foci of infection, postural correction, use of mechanical supports, physical therapy and nerve block.

Poor body posture, its relation to segmental neuralgia in the thorax, abdomen and extremities, and its treatment, is discussed at length throughout the book. Pain originating in the brachial plexus and various syndromes resulting from

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