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    DescriptionThis title presents the story of a common and contrived disease. 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. Dr. 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, Dr. Hadler 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 Dr. Hadler, back pain and back pain - related disability have exacted a huge toll, in terms of pain, suffering, and financial cost. "Stabbed in the Back" addresses this issue at multiple levels: as a human predicament, a profound social problem, a medical question, and a vexing public-policy challenge. Ultimately, Dr. 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 Back" will arm any reader with the insights necessary to make informed decisions when confronting the next episode of low back pain.


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    Title
    Stabbed in the Back
    Subtitle
    Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nortin M. Hadler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807833483
    ISBN 10: 0807833487
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: HL
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBP
    B&T General Subject: 420
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-HL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    DC22: 617.564
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 617.5/64
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HEA036000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, MBS
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HEA000000
    LC classification: RD771.B217 H33 2009
    Thema V1.0: MBP, MBS
    Illustrations note
    5 figs., 3 charts, 1 graph, 12 tables, notes, index
    Publisher
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Imprint name
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Publication date
    15 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Chapel Hill
    Author Information
    NORTIN M. HADLER, M.D., M.A.C.P., F.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. His most recent book is Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (UNC Press).
    Review quote
    "The next step [in health care reform] is the one Hadler is already confronting: how to really bring down costs as we move forward."--Progressive Pulse Blog
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    For more than three decades as a physician and medical researcher, Nortin Hadler has studied the experience of low back pain in people who are otherwise healthy. With the healthy skepticism that has become his trademark, he takes the "Hadlerian" approach to backaches and the backache treatment industry, arguing that regional back pain is overly medicalized by doctors, surgeons, and alternative therapists and that the design of workers' compensation, disability insurance, and other "health" schemes actually thwarts getting well.