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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 theory’
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Paperback, 1st, 335 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Penguin (first published January 5th 1982)
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Richard Cubitt
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.
Anna
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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