Medicine: Capsules, Mar. 4, 1974

> The headline seemed out of place in the usually staid Journal of the American Medical Association. It read: "The Pain in the Arse." The article that followed was not an editorial about an annoying individual or situation, but a report by Drs. Roy Swartout and Edward Compere of El Monte, Calif, about a real illness, ischiogluteal bursitis. The ailment results when friction causes inflammation of the bursae, or small, fluid-filled sacs, in places where tendons pass over the ischia, or hipbones. Many victims feel sharp, shooting pains in the legs and a relentless, dominating ache in one or both...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!