9780807833483

Stabbed in the Back

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807833483

  • ISBN10:

    0807833487

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-15
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
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Summary

Nortin Hadler knows backaches. For more than three decades as a physician and medical researcher, he has studied the experience of low back pain in people who are otherwise healthy. Hadler terms the low back pain that everyone suffers at one time or another "regional back pain." In this book, he addresses the history and treatment of the ailment with the healthy skepticism that has become his trademark, taking the "Hadlerian" approach to backaches and the backache treatment industry in order to separate the helpful from the hype. Basing his critique on an analysis of the most current medical literature as well as his clinical experience, Hadler argues that regional back pain is overly medicalized by doctors, surgeons, and alternative therapists who purvey various treatment regimens. Furthermore, the design of workers' compensation, disability insurance, and other "health" schemes actually thwarts getting well. For the past half century, says Hadler, back pain and back pain-related disability have exacted a huge toll, in terms of pain, suffering, and financial cost.Stabbed in the Backaddresses this issue at multiple levels: as a human predicament, a profound social problem, a medical question, and a vexing public-policy challenge. Ultimately, Hadler's insights illustrate how the state of the science can and should inform the art and practice of medicine as well as public policy.Stabbed in the Backwill arm any reader with the insights necessary to make informed decisions when confronting the next episode of low back pain.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Three Marks of the Past on the Backs of the Presentp. 5
Oh, My Aching Backp. 12
The Pall of Persistencep. 22
Doc My Back Is Killing Mep. 38
The Quest for a Better Way; Or, My Name Is Nortin and I'm a Placebo?p. 55
Invasion of the Spine Surgeonsp. 72
Backbreaking Workp. 93
The Straw That Broke the Camel's Backp. 113
If You Don't Know Where You Are Going All Roads Will Get You Therep. 139
Notesp. 163
About the Authorp. 189
Indexp. 191
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