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November 21, 1953

Man's Back

JAMA. 1953;153(12):1133. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940290065030

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This monograph has resulted from the personal experiences of the author in dealing with lesions of the back. Because of the inaccessibility of the deeper parts to direct physical examinations and the complexity of the anatomic arrangements, differential diagnosis becomes quite a challenge. An attempt has been made to utilize not only the perfection of roentgenray technique but also the practical available knowledge of physiology and biochemistry. Enthusiasm for each new method of therapy has been properly restrained, yet worth-while associated material has been salvaged and included in the text. Chapter 1, dealing with embryology of the back, is particularly well written and stands out as an excellent example of detailed work presented in a simple, concise, and readable manner. A minor criticism might be raised in the discussion of gout on page 111, in which instance no mention is made of the newer drugs. It might have been better

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