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October 1960

Back Pain. Diagnosis and Treatment Using Manipulative Techniques.

Arch Neurol. 1960;3(4):476. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.00450040126025

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This book is strictly a description of the author's own ideas, philosophy, and techniques of manipulation as learned primarily from his father, who practiced similar techniques. The first half of the book describes the author's examination techniques, while the latter half is concerned primarily with his methods of therapeutic manipulation and stretching. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of any attempt to survey any pertinent literature, nor is there any bibliography. The author himself points to the main criticism of such techniques; namely, that one must learn from an experienced predecessor rather than from specific written descriptions or pictures. Although a few physicians, such as the author, may be well qualified to practice such techniques and may appear to obtain relatively good results in certain situations, the vast majority of physicians, including the reviewer, have had little or no experience of their own. Conflicts in approach and technique become evident when

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