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September 21, 1935

Backache

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By James Mennell, M.A., M.D., B.C., Medical Officer, Physico-Therapeutic Department, St. Thomas's Hospital. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 227, with 59 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Inc., 1935.

JAMA. 1935;105(12):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760380067028

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Abstract

In this edition the author has added more than thirty pages and eleven illustrations. The book is ingeniously illustrated in red and blue, the former showing the patient and the latter the examiner or manipulator, presenting instructive outlines. The differential diagnosis and treatment of the various causes of backache have advanced remarkably. The book represents the work of eleven years, including his study during two visits to the United States. The author states that he has presented nothing that lies outside his personal experience. He deals with the simplest technic. He has been conservative and described only the more simple of the manipulations that can be put to daily use. He calls attention to the inadequacy of the routine examination of the back as generally practiced and the injustice of the opinion formed in the early period of his study of backache that all the patients grossly exaggerated the symptoms

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