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February 3, 1945

Lumbo-Sacral Strain: A Handbook on Its Relief and Cure by Manipulative Therapy

JAMA. 1945;127(5):301. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860050049030

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Abstract

This small volume begins with a foreword from a layman that is nothing more than a testimonial. In the introduction one finds that the same layman has corrected proofs of the book. In the introduction "the writer has attempted to demonstrate that lumbosacral and rotating lumbosacral strains are produced through faulty mechanism of the pelvis." This is not new to the orthopedic profession in any country. Although the author states that the physical signs are pathognomonic, a good observer would disagree because there are many other conditions of the low back which show the same signs, and here lies the danger of putting the book into the hands of practitioners who, for the most part, are not interested in orthopedic problems. The writer does not go far enough when he ascribes the causes of increased inclination of the pelvis to muscular relaxation. It has been demonstrated that a contracted fascia

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