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Second edition. By Macnab Ian, McCulloch John. . 437 pages. Williams & Wilkins; , Baltimore: , 1989.. $49.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(7):562. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-7-562_1
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Although low back pain is widespread, patients with such pain frequently receive an imprecise diagnosis and ineffectual management. In Backache, two senior orthopedic back surgeons attempt to rectify this situation. Throughout the book, the patient and not simply the condition receives primary attention. A realistic interweaving of emotional disorders and back pain is included. Appropriately conservative regarding surgical interventions, the text is highly readable. Anatomic descriptions are confined to clinically relevant aspects. The history, physical examination, and radiographic study pertinent to patients presenting with back pain are covered adequately. Sections on disk degeneration and the failed back surgery syndrome are



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