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ACP Publishes ‘Back Pain’ Guide For Clinicians

PHILADELPHIA -- (August 24, 2005) Back pain is a complex tangle of social, psychological, physical, and medical factors. “Back Pain,” the latest book in the American College of Physicians Key Diseases Series, aims to present all of today’s clinical knowledge on back and neck pain -- pathophysiology, evaluation, and management -- in a comprehensive, definitive volume for physicians and other health professionals.

“Back Pain” explores hot topics such as acute rehabilitation of low back pain, chronic back pain, invasive treatments , physical therapy, and predicting disability. The book presents 40 chapters of vital information divided into five sections: Back Pain Basics; Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Back Pain; and Special Issues, including pregnant and elderly patients, and athletes and younger patients. Algorithms and case studies are included, as is a reproducible handout for patient education.

“Back Pain” is edited by Andrew J. Haig, MD, and Miles Colwell, MD, both of The Spine Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan Ann Arbor. The book’s multidisciplinary approach has editorial contributions from many of the program’s instructors and practitioners in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, occupational health, and physiatry. A Qigong/Tai Chi instructor contributes to a chapter on alternative and complementary therapies.

"Back Pain" is available from the American College of Physicians Customer Service Department: custserv@acponline.org; or phone 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET). The ACP product number is 330300820; ISBN 1-930513-59-3. Browse online to order or to view table of contents. List price is $45.; ACP members pay $40. The softcover book has 537 pages.

Other books in the ACP Key Diseases Series are: “Asthma,” “Depression,” “Dyspepsia,” “Hypertension,” “Lyme Disease,” and “Obesity.”

The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Its publishing program includes the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, electronic products, and books for the medical community and general reader. For more information, visit ACP Online.

Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655
E-mail lteer@acponline.org

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