Whiplash and Other Useful Illnesses
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.
Making Whiplash Sound Serious Caveat Lector
Whiplash and Poor Science in Medical Journals
Bumper Kisses and Whiplash Severity
Sanitizing the Symptoms of Distress
Copycats and Fashionable Illnesses
THE QUEST FOR THE MYTHICAL WHIPLASH INJURY
The Enigmas of the Human Spine
The Medicolegal and Psychosocial Spine
Jumpers and Addons Slippers and Yankers
Hysteria and the M Diagnosis
Cured by a Verdict?
TREATING THE TREATMENT
Making Victims of Ourselves
Treatment Exuberance and Serendipity
Medical DecisionMaking Getting it Right
Faith Magic and the Search for Alternative Care
Putting the Bite into Whiplash
Whiplash Rescues Some ENT Surgeons
Whiplash Head Injury or Legal Headache?
Accidents Illness Behaviour and Chronic Pain
Fibromy algia A Tender Point?
Fibromyalgia A Case in Point
Whiplash An Eye to the Main Chance?
FRAUD AND THE MEDICALLEGAL QUAGMIRE
The Inverse Paradox and the Period of Meditation
Lawyers Junk Science and Chicanery
Pain and Suffering Calculating the Incalculable
Medicine A Disabling Profession ?
Cutting Healthcare Down to Size
Glossary of Acronyms
The Use of Prospective Studies
Evidence Against Residual Brain Injury Being the Cause of PostConcussion Syndrome after Minor Injury
Overvaluation of Healthcare
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