Whiplash and Other Useful Illnesses

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - Law - 527 pages
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Whiplash, first described in a medical journal in 1953, now occurs so frequently that in the U.S. alone its annual cost is estimated at between $13 and $18 billion dollars. In Whiplash and Other Useful Illnesses Andrew Malleson contends that whiplash is nothing more than a strain of the neck and, like most other strains, heals in a matter of days or weeks. The fact that up to 10% of all whiplash "victims" are reported as permanently disabled occurs because medical, health care, and legal professionals foster and create illnesses, dangling illusive fortunes in front of would-be claimants.

Malleson details the evolution of whiplash from a common, short-lived disorder into a world-wide epidemic that has left millions permanently disabled. He exposes how some medical, health care, and legal professionals prey on the anxieties and greed of their clients. He argues that whiplash is only one of a long list of largely fabricated illnesses and injuries that drain resources from the health care system.

  

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This book cuts through all the bunk, rumour, and financially-influenced "information" regarding whiplash and other dubious disorders. It sticks to facts rather than just opinions, and tries to steer readers towards a true understanding of why these disorders are a plague in modern society. All facts are referenced, and the details of important studies described. As a physician, it was probably the single most useful book I have ever read. 

Contents

Making Whiplash Sound Serious Caveat Lector
9
Whiplash and Poor Science in Medical Journals
17
Bumper Kisses and Whiplash Severity
30
Sanitizing the Symptoms of Distress
43
Copycats and Fashionable Illnesses
52
THE QUEST FOR THE MYTHICAL WHIPLASH INJURY
75
The Enigmas of the Human Spine
77
The Medicolegal and Psychosocial Spine
93
Jumpers and Addons Slippers and Yankers
265
Hysteria and the M Diagnosis
281
Cured by a Verdict?
304
TREATING THE TREATMENT
315
Making Victims of Ourselves
317
Treatment Exuberance and Serendipity
335
Medical DecisionMaking Getting it Right
352
Faith Magic and the Search for Alternative Care
359

Putting the Bite into Whiplash
102
Whiplash Rescues Some ENT Surgeons
117
Whiplash Head Injury or Legal Headache?
129
Accidents Illness Behaviour and Chronic Pain
151
Fibromy algia A Tender Point?
165
Fibromyalgia A Case in Point
180
Whiplash An Eye to the Main Chance?
197
FRAUD AND THE MEDICALLEGAL QUAGMIRE
209
Posttraumatic Turbulence
211
The Inverse Paradox and the Period of Meditation
222
Lawyers Junk Science and Chicanery
237
Pain and Suffering Calculating the Incalculable
253
Medicine A Disabling Profession ?
369
Cutting Healthcare Down to Size
379
Glossary of Acronyms
387
The Use of Prospective Studies
389
Evidence Against Residual Brain Injury Being the Cause of PostConcussion Syndrome after Minor Injury
391
Overvaluation of Healthcare
394
Notes
395
References
455
Figure Credits Permissions
513
Index
515
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\Andrew Malleson is the author of Need Your Doctor Be So Useless? and The Medical Runaround. He was a psychiatrist with the Toronto University Health Network and a consultant to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He has frequently served as a medical ex

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