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To the Editor:—
I would like to comment on the paper by Gotten entitled "Whiplash Injuries" that appears in this issue on page 865, for which the clinical studies have been so well planned and executed. The author and his colleagues deserve a sincere compliment for having presented these facts concerning whiplash injuries, which are becoming so very common. It was three years ago that Dr. Gay and I presented before the Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases a small series of patients (50) with the whiplash injury syndrome. We had attempted to analyze this group and present certain clinical facts that characterized this traumatic syndrome and its subsequent course. Briefly, the syndrome of various aches, pains, and soreness was shown to be due to an acute injury to the cervical musculoligamentous structures and occasionally also due to injuries to the cervical neuroskeletal elements. Although the injury was incurred by
Abbott KH. WHIPLASH INJURIES. JAMA. 1956;162(9):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970260067021