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"Whiplash and other useful illnesses"

At Volokh, occasional PoL contributor David Bernstein terms this 2003 book by Toronto psychiatrist Andrew Malleson "very interesting and entertaining":

there are many useful tidbits of information and startling hypotheses in this book, with sufficient citations to the academic literature that the reader could look up the relevant studies for himself if he is skeptical. This is certainly a book that should be on the shelf of, among others, (a) anyone who represents insurance companies in automobile accident injury litigation; (b) anyone interested in "junk science" in general; (c) anyone interested in how the medical profession, or elements thereof, sometimes creates official "illnesses" that are really just clusters of symptoms with no common or known physical cause; (d) anyone interested in the effects of litigation on accident victims, and whether the victimization that are required to exhibit for legal purposes may hinder their emotional and physical recovery; (e) anyone interested in somatic illnesses; (f) anyone interested in malingering and fraud in the workers' compensation and tort systems; and (g) anyone interested in how the legal system encourages, profits from, and sometimes precipitates (c).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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