The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering
Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain an
If, like me, you're a chronic pain sufferer whose life has been defined and limited by your condition, you're not likely to find the book comforting or helpful. It's more likely to frustrate or anger you. If you are fortunate enough to be pain-free and want to study pain as a purely intellectual exercise, The Pain C ...more
the book is broken up into five big parts, each of which purports to examine the issue of pain from a slightly different perspective. the first part looks as the religious tradition of pain, &am ...more
i also really enjoyed the section on "pain as narrative." the idea of the difference between telic-centralizing (or integrative) and teli ...more
One of the best books I have read EVER. Not just on pain either. Should be required reading for:
Doctors who treat pain patients
Those who have chronic pain
Those who care for a person in pain.
Fantastic, not dry at all, as a quote on the back suggests, it's almost wrong to love this book so much, given the topic.
I've already recommended it to my doctors and my family--my daughter may go into neuroscience, so this is right up her ally.
Frankly, I don’t get it. This simply is not a 5 star book. While Melanie Thernstrom does do the public a favor in bringing to their attention the troublesome issue of pain, what we know and don’t know about it, and its mismanagement, it simply i ...more
The author doesn't understand science enough to explain any of the underlying medical concepts in a way that would be helpful to the reader, so she darts around dabbling in this and that, and pulling the whole mess of a book together with a personal memoir so bratty th ...more
I would recommend this book for a fuller picture of chronic pain and its treatments. Thernstrom does a great job exploring medicine, alternative medicine, as well as exploring religious aspects of suffering and meaning making.
I started & stopped reading many times. I forced myself to keep reading until I found ...more
I loved THE PAIN CHRONICLES for all the same r ...more
She also shares her personal history which can be somewhat overdone at times. But the reality is most people who have severe chronic pain feel alone or often despair at least at some p ...more
Ms. Thernstrom bleats her opinion that animals don't suffer as humans do. That only the almighty human animal is capable of questioning the reasons for the pain inflicted on it. So, where in hell does this writer get the idea that she knows what animals think? Experience? S ...more
In this book, which I listened to as audio Melanie Ternstrom discusses and picks apart at length her life experience with pain that stemmed from her shoulder. It is much discussion and ...more
I don't expect to find a more multiperspective audiobook on pain & suffering for a good while. This was a wide, yet surprisingly smooth-flowing spectrum of personal experie ...more
While Thernstrom is adept at weaving her various ex ...more