A review of the papers published during 1943 on pain in the lower portion of the back and sciatica shows the continued interest of American writers in posterior herniation of intervertebral disks. Most writers present a review of previous papers, modifications in operative technic and follow-up statistics. The use of contrast mediums for myelography finds fewer advocates.
Deery535 discusses herniation of the nucleus pulposus as a complication of preexisting instability of the lower part of the back. He divides patients with sciatic pain into three general groups: (1) those with sciatic pain only, (2) those with sciatic pain and minimal pain low in the back and (3) those with a history of disability in the lower portion of the back preceding the development of sciatica. He describes the typical history, signs and symptoms and outlines diagnostic measures. Lumbar puncture was carried out for all patients treated by the author,
KUHN HH. PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1943 A REVIEW PREPARED BY AN EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS: XVI. CONDITIONS INVOLVING THE LOWER PART OF THE BACK. Arch Surg. 1944;49(6):399–402. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020409005
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