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Clinical Efficacy and Outcome in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain

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Weinstein James N..  ed. 317 pages. New York: : Raven Press; ; 1992.. $96.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):543. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-543_1
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Twenty-seven papers from a Bristol-Myers Squibb/Zimmer Orthopaedic Symposium held in Chicago in 1991. Detailed and analytic consideration of efficacy and economic efficiency of diagnostic methods and treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, for low back pain and, specifically, the problem of lumbar disk herniation. The opening five chapters discuss practice patterns and the methods of decision analysis. Several eminent rheumatologists critically review nonoperative care. The chapter on the history of the artificial intervertebral disk should interest medical historians.



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