An anatomy of pain : how the body and the mind experience and endure physical suffering / Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen.

By: Lalkhen, Abdul-GhaaliqMaterial type: TextTextEdition: First Scribner hardcover editionDescription: 244 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781982160982; 1982160985Subject(s): Pain -- Popular works | Pain -- Psychological aspects -- Popular works | Pain -- Treatment -- Popular works | Pain perception -- Popular worksDDC classification: 616/.0472 LOC classification: RB127 | .L276 2021
Contents:
Introduction: An unexpected journey -- How does pain work? -- A brief history of pain -- Give me something for the pain... -- The line between pleasure and pain: opioids and addiction -- Pain with no injury -- Pain management: needles, narcotics, and knives -- A journey of a thousand miles... -- Torpedo fish -- Do not go gentle into that good night -- Show me the money: private pain practice -- Conclusion: The beginning of the end.
Summary: "Written by a medical expert trained as an anesthesiologist, An Anatomy of Pain is the first book to clearly explain the current issues and complexities surrounding the treatment of pain and how society deals with those in pain, as well as how our bodies relate to pain. Common conception still equates pain with tissue damage but that is only a very small part of the story--the organ which produces pain is the brain. Case studies show that a woman who has undergone a c-section reports dramatically less pain than a patient who has had kidney stones removed in a similarly invasive operation. The soldier who drags himself or herself to safety after being shot deals with pain in a remarkably different way from someone suffering a similar injury on a street. The truth is that pain is a complex mix of nerve endings, psychological state, social preconceptions, and situational awareness." -- Amazon.com.Summary: "An illuminating, authoritative, and in-depth examination of the fascinating science behind pain and the complexities of its treatment--from one of the internationally leading doctors in pain management."--Publisher's description.
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Includes index.

Introduction: An unexpected journey -- How does pain work? -- A brief history of pain -- Give me something for the pain... -- The line between pleasure and pain: opioids and addiction -- Pain with no injury -- Pain management: needles, narcotics, and knives -- A journey of a thousand miles... -- Torpedo fish -- Do not go gentle into that good night -- Show me the money: private pain practice -- Conclusion: The beginning of the end.

"Written by a medical expert trained as an anesthesiologist, An Anatomy of Pain is the first book to clearly explain the current issues and complexities surrounding the treatment of pain and how society deals with those in pain, as well as how our bodies relate to pain. Common conception still equates pain with tissue damage but that is only a very small part of the story--the organ which produces pain is the brain. Case studies show that a woman who has undergone a c-section reports dramatically less pain than a patient who has had kidney stones removed in a similarly invasive operation. The soldier who drags himself or herself to safety after being shot deals with pain in a remarkably different way from someone suffering a similar injury on a street. The truth is that pain is a complex mix of nerve endings, psychological state, social preconceptions, and situational awareness." -- Amazon.com.

"An illuminating, authoritative, and in-depth examination of the fascinating science behind pain and the complexities of its treatment--from one of the internationally leading doctors in pain management."--Publisher's description.

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Library Journal Review

With rare exceptions, most humans experience pain. Lalkhen, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist, says that an understanding of the physical and psychological causes of pain and available therapies can help individuals better cope with their own pain and that of others. He first explains the physiological and chemical mechanisms that cause pain, then briefly traces how it was understood and addressed throughout history. Discussions of the pros and cons of current treatments lead to his conclusion that while the how and why of pain are now understood, the care of those suffering from chronic or unexplained pain is too limited. He sufficiently describes his own evolution in thinking and treatment choices, and outlines how a multidisciplinary, structured approach to those with chronic pain is used in his clinic, where standard therapies are combined with an emphasis on the psychological and social needs of patients, some of whom will need help their entire lives. VERDICT Clearly intended primarily for pain sufferers and those supporting them, the book provides appropriately detailed and understandable information while also offering suggestions practitioners should consider.--Richard Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver

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Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen has been working in pain-related areas--from anesthesiology to pain management--for over two decades. He is a member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine affiliated to the Royal College of Anesthetists and a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He lives in Manchester, England.

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