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There is nothing intrinsically wrong with clinical anecdote. And there is nothing wrong with clinical judgment based on personal conviction. It is when personal conviction comes to dominate the judgmental nature of a clinical area that progress becomes difficult. Helfet, Gruebel Lee, and many of their coauthors have provided us with a largely well-written and readable treatise in conviction. The book is a series of chapters purporting to define distinct clinical syndromes of back pain followed by chapters describing therapeutic methods that are admittedly less specific.
The authors are quick to point out the need for and difficulty in objective
Disorders of the Lumbar Spine.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:1019–1020. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-6-1019_2
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