OF CONCERN to a neurologist, when faced with a patient with whiplash injury, is whether the patient has a neurological injury and, if not, whether the patient's complaint is genuine.
The international literature on the symptoms of whiplash is remarkably consistent.1 The symptoms defy language barriers, which argues in favor of a genuine diathesis. It is hard to accept that the symptoms of whiplash are the result of an international, translingual conspiracy among malingerers.
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