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The national center for Health Statistics recently estimated that 7 million persons are currently being treated for backache and that 2 million new cases will be added each year; thus, the importance of this problem is evident. In the preface, neurosurgeon Finneson proposes "to provide a practical and useful guide for evaluation and management of the various forms of low back dysfunction commonly encountered in practice." This aim is not fulfilled.
The major chapter headings are "Basic Sciences," "Evaluation," "Psychology of Pain," "Conservative Treatment," "Lumbar Disc Disease," "Stenotic Lumbar Spinal Canal Syndrome." Lesser chapters consider spondylolysis, infections, tumors, uncommon causes
Low Back Pain.. Ann Intern Med. ;80:565. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-4-565_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(4):565.
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