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Books, Journals, New Media
July 21, 2004

Repetitive Strain Injury

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(3):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.386

In 1643, Abbe Grandier . . . was accused by a group of Ursuline nuns of coming at night, as an incubus, to have sexual congress with them. The ecclesiastical courts of the time convicted him . . . and he was punished by execution. . . . The experts of the time were unable or unwilling to tell the difference between the belief and the actual state of affairs. It is still the case today that courts do not differentiate from beliefs and actualities.

Such confusion between reality and belief, described by Yolanda Lucire in Constructing RSI (repetitive strain injury), pervades many firmly held opinions today. The description of erroneous beliefs and their consequences and many illustrative case reports enliven this well reasoned exposition of an iatrogenic epidemic that metastasized to other countries, even the United States.