Stabbed in the Back
Confronting Back Pain in An Overtreated SocietyBook - 2009
For more than three decades as a physician and medical researcher, the author has studied the experience of low back pain in people who are otherwise healthy. He 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, he argues that regional back pain is overly medicalized by doctors, surgeons, and alternative therapists who purvey various treatment regimens. Furthermore, he observes, the design of workers' compensation, disability insurance, and other "health" schemes actually thwarts getting well. For the past half century, says the author, back pain and back pain-related disability have exacted a huge toll, in terms of pain, suffering, and financial cost. This work addresses this issue at multiple levels: as a human predicament, a profound social problem, a medical question, and a vexing public-policy challenge. Ultimately, the author's insights illustrate how the state of the science can and should inform the art and practice of medicine as well as public policy.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2009
Branch Call Number: 617.564 HAD 2009
Characteristics: xii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm