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May 20, 1998

Back PainSpinal Discord: One Man's Wrenching Tale of Woe in Twenty-Four (Vertebral) Segments

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Tilman Spengler, translated from German by Philip Boehm, 165 pp, $16.95, ISBN 0-8050-5552-5, New York, NY, Metropolitan Books, 1996.

JAMA. 1998;279(19):1578-1579. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1578-JBK0520-2-1

Chronic low back pain has plagued humankind since we started walking upright. Now novelist-historian Tilman Spengler suggests a new treatment—humor. In his memoir of lumbago, Spengler shows how comedy helped him through his own wrenching escapades of back aggravation.

Usually, the laugh's on him. In Spain for spinal adjustments, the author catches a watermelon tossed to him by his therapist, loses his balance, and falls, slamming his back against the pavement. Remarkably, the pratfall is followed by immediate relief of back pain.

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