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Letters Sciatica

An archaic term

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:112
  1. Jeremy C T Fairbank, consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  1. Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford OX3 7LD
  1. jeremy.fairbank{at}

    In their clinical review Koes et al use the entirely non-evidence-based term “sciatica.”1 From the Greek, it literally means hip pain. In English, the Oxford English Dictionary gives precedent to a quote from Shakespeare's Timon of …

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