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Low back pain is a national problem, and a vexing diagnostic puzzle for the internist. This book might have filled a major need in clarifying this difficult area, but it fails to do so. It may be adequate for the anatomical and surgical approach to the problem, but in terms of differential diagnosis and medical aspects of low back pain, it falls far short. The book barely mentions major medical diseases that cause low back pain: sacroilitis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple myeloma, and metastatic malignancy. Forestier's disease (senile ankylosing hyperstosis of the spine) is quite common in old persons, but is
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Low Back Pain.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:248–249. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-248_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):248-249.
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