This book represents the latest Italian concept of the important subject of herniated disk and "sciatica." The senior author is the leading orthopedic surgeon of Italy, having succeeded to the top rung on the death of Professor Putti.
The authors pay tribute to the monograph of Vittorio Putti entitled "Lumba Arthritis and Vertebral Scietica," which summarizes thirty years of clinical experience. They have followed in the footsteps and have sought with their own writings to record his progress and observations of the last ten years. If death had not occurred at the height of his career, he would have undoubtedly concluded his research on "sciatalgia" due to herniated disk.
This monograph was started five years ago. The authors have become cautious in the diagnosis because not all sciatica and lumbago is attributable to herniated disk. They believe that the label of rheumatic sciatica is a cover-up for ignorance. They have