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Controversies in Neurology
April 2000

WhiplashThe Evidence for an Organic Etiology

Author Affiliations

From the Newcastle Bone and Joint Institute, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (Dr Bogduk), and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (Dr Teasell).



Arch Neurol. 2000;57(4):590-591. doi:10.1001/archneur.57.4.590

OF CONCERN to a neurologist, when faced with a patient with whiplash injury, is whether the patient has a neurological injury and, if not, whether the patient's complaint is genuine.

The international literature on the symptoms of whiplash is remarkably consistent.1 The symptoms defy language barriers, which argues in favor of a genuine diathesis. It is hard to accept that the symptoms of whiplash are the result of an international, translingual conspiracy among malingerers.

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