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June 24, 1961

Low Back Pain

Author Affiliations

U.S. Navy Force Surgeon

JAMA. 1961;176(12):1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040250080029

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To the Editor:—  I sincerely wish to protest an answer appearing in the Questions and Answers section of The Journal (175:642 [Feb. 18] 1961).As a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1952, it has been my privilege to review books for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the Navy. Occasionally, a book was sent which was not my choice from a list of new orthopedic books. Over a year ago, I reviewed Ligament and Tendon Relaxation Treated by Prolotherapy by G. S. Hackett. Attempting to view this publication without bias or cant and in the most dispassionate frame of mind, I became more amazed with each page. Such statements in Questions and Answers as, "The treatment is by prolotherapy, rehabilitation of an incompetent structure by induced proliferation of new bone and fibrous tissue cells. A proliferant, such as sodium psylliate, is combined with

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