ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 17, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(NYC: Tim Johnson) "Diskectomy " procedure, alternative method to curing back pain, featured; exs. of those suffering back pains shown; names given. [US Olympic ski team member Jack MILLER - describes back pain and relief after diskectomy.] [US ski team physician Dr. Courtney BROWN - says Miller's pain is gone.] [MILLER - says returned to skiing 10 days later.] Disc problems and diskectomy operation outlined on screen. [Surgical Dynamics' Ron ALLEN - describes complications of surgery.] Criticism of effectiveness of surgery noted. [Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alf NACHEMSON - criticizes procedure.] [Allegheny General Hospital Dr. Gary ONIK - praises procedure.]
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