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October 1940

Die Ischias. By Dr. Hans-Georg Scholtz.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(4):1008. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190160227016

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This booklet, sixteenth in a series on rheumatic infections edited by Dr. Rudolf Jürgens, is devoted to the subject of sciatica. After a short general discussion on what is understood about the disease, the author deals with the anatomy of the sciatic nerve. The pathogenesis of the disease is considered from many angles, with the conclusion that there is not one etiologic factor, but many. The discussions of symptomatology and diagnosis are followed by a short chapter outlining, in a most practical way, the method of examining a patient whose complaint is sciatic pain. The next chapter, which constitutes over half of the booklet, is allotted to treatment. Great weight is placed on Eppinger's use of aminopyrine in small doses; the author strongly recommends such therapy when the disease is in the acute state. Stress is placed on such measures of physical therapy as baths, heat in all forms and

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