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This monograph on the affections of the spine is excellent. The author has previously written voluminously on the subject. He discusses anomalies and disturbances of development, especially spina bifida occulta. He presents the interesting subjects of trophedema, scleroderma, late paralysis and paralysis of unknown origin. Sacralization of the fifth lumbar and lumbarization of the first sacral segments are described and illustrated. Then acquired conditions are discussed, most important of which are the ankylosing conditions rhizomelic spondylosis, with which the name of his chief Pierre Marie is associated, and vertebral arthritis. He discusses sciatica and its relation to arthritis of the spine. Sacro-iliac disease is also presented. Each chapter correlates the pathologic anatomy with the clinical considerations. The illustrations, most of which are pencil line drawings of roentgenograms, are excellent. There is a preface by Pierre Marie, in which the book is highly recommended.
Etudes sur les affections de la colonne vertébrale. JAMA. 1927;88(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680270052031
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