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No more aching back : Dr. Root's new, fifteen-minute-a-day program for a healthy back
Root, Leon.
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New York : Villard Books, 1990.
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xxii, 215 pages ; 22 cm
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RD771.B217 R66 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Leon Root was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 15, 1929. He received a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University in 1951 and a medical degree from New York Medical College in 1955. He joined the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan in 1967. Three years later he was made chief of pediatric orthopedics, a post he held for 27 years. While there, he created an ambitious program to screen children for disorders of the bones and joints.

He wrote several books during his lifetime including No More Aching Back: Dr. Root's New Fifteen-Minute-a-Day Program for a Healthy Back and Beautiful Bones Without Hormones: The All-New Natural Diet and Exercise Program to Reduce the Risk of Osteoporosis and Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong written with Betty Kelly Sargent. He died from complications of a low blood count on September 21, 2015 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Employing a conversational tone, Root, an orthopedic surgeon and coauthor of Oh, My Aching Back [BKL O 15 73], directs the reader through an office visit, carefully explaining how back pain is evaluated (diagnostic tests and treatments), how the back works, the kinds and causes of back pain, and why it--particularly chronic lower back pain--is endemic in this country. He counsels on how to minimize the risk of back injury in everyday life, describing how to sit, stand, and lie down, and ways to lift correctly. Root devotes a chapter to discussing children's back problems and also gives advice on sexual activity and sports for back-pain sufferers. His 15-minute-a-day program, with clear line drawings that demonstrate techniques, spells out a series of exercises designed to strengthen the back. This is, overall, an informative text (only time will tell on the exercises). ~--Sally Estes