Letters Talk of psychosocial factors

Tell the whole story

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39381.514780.BE (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:900
  1. Charles T Vivian, consultant occupational physician
  1. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester GL1 3NN
  1. charlie.vivian{at}glos.nhs.uk

    Goldacre says he sounded like an ass when explaining the complex pathogenesis of back pain on radio, but he is unduly harsh on himself.1 His message is not wrong, and he is not an ass. However, the message might have been better gift wrapped.

    Western medicine is based on the …

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