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October 8, 1982

Management of Low Back Pain

Author Affiliations

Hahemann Medical College and Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140068041

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This short book deals with backache. Always an important subject, it has attracted even more attention of late, and that section of the library devoted to it is growing rapidly. In this instance, eight authors from Charlottesville, Va, are joined by four others in an appraisal of diagnoses, causes, and treatments aimed at the primary care physicians, students, and other health professionals. It thus attempts to speak to those who will see backache first.

In a book that purports to describe management, nine chapters and 148 pages are gone before actual measures of management begin to be discussed. However, the authors rightly imply by this that good history taking and physical diagnosis underlie correct management and that some idea of the scope of the problem is also necessary before appropriate steps can be taken.

A chapter on psychological aspects is particularly well written, even though it substitutes "mitigates" for "militates"