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August 10, 1964

Compensation Conundrums

JAMA. 1964;189(6):520. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070060130027

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To the Editor:—  I will take up each specific point:

  1. In my communication the time between injury and referral was well illustrated, particularly in Fig 3 and the accompanying discussion. These groups were broken down as to the duration of symptoms before treatment and the results obtainable in each group. We achieved better results with noncompensation patients than with compensation patients regardless of whether treatment was initiated within one week or after one week to a month. We had enough cases in each group to invalidate any criticism.

  2. In compensation cases, how can one avoid imbalance in sex? There are fewer women than men working, especially in industries where back injuries are likely to occur. The noncompensation group reveals a male-to-female ratio of 116 to 121. Actually, I feel that many noncompensation housewives did hold jobs outside their homes.

  3. There was no appreciable age difference between the two groups, so

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