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The Challenge of Pain

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Pain has many valuable functions. It can be a warning or force us to rest our bodies. Yet most ongoing chronic pain, such as unrelenting backache or headache, has no discernable cause and diminishes countless lives.

Over the years a scientific revolution has taken place in chronic pain research and therapy. A major catalyst for this was the introduction of the ‘gate theor
Paperback, 1st, 335 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Penguin (first published January 5th 1982)
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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‘The psychological evidence strongly supports the view of pain as a perceptual experience whose quality and intensity are influenced by the unique past history of the individual, by the meaning he gives to the pain-producing sensation and by his state of mind at the moment.’

A classic medical text from the late 90s on the physiology and psychology of physical pain. Melzack and Wall cover various angles on how pain works, how it varies, how we treat it, and how people have historically treated it.
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Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly interesting and informative. Complex in places (Undergraduate Level). Published in the 1980s, perhaps more progress has been made since then. A good start, nevertheless. Recommended.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maybe not the most up-to-date information, but a relatively accessible overview of the major theories, definitions, and treatments of pain (and more specifically chronic pain). It is written through a compassionate lens, is honest in admitting the faults and gaps in our scientific understanding of pain, and is critical of archaic theories that lean towards victim-blaming.

A good read for anyone who is actively devising their own treatment plan to cope with chronic pain.
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