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Letters to the Editor
April 2001

Are Demolition Derby Drivers a Valid Proxy for the Population at Risk for Whiplash Injury?

Arch Neurol. 2001;58(4):680-681. doi:

Having recently reviewed the editorial piece detailing Dr Berry's opinions regarding chronic whiplash syndrome, I was struck by the fragility of Dr Berry's hypothesis that chronic pain complaints following whiplash injury result from a functional disorder.1 This fragility was due to the fact that Dr Berry's theory revolves around one assumption: that the observation of "parallel identical injuries" of 20 demolition derby drivers is a reasonable proxy for the millions of whiplash injuries that occur annually as a result of non–demolition derby crashes, and that the variation of injury response in the 20 drivers represents the variability of injury response in the general population.

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