Picks and Pans Review: Why Things Bite Back

updated 05/20/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/20/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Edward Tenner

Luddites, rejoice! Your fear of technology isn't irrational after all, according to Tenner, a geologist at Princeton University, whose new book shows how the best of scientific intentions can have disastrous consequences. Sure, desktop computers ease everyday chores. But the author writes that more than 31 million victims of carpal tunnel syndrome, video-terminal eyestrain and lower-back pain can testify to the downside of the computer revolution.

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