Pain

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Pain explores the workings of the somatosensory and pain systems, how disorders can affect how we process information with these systems, and how pain can be treated. Our bodies receive information about the external environment and the internal state of our bodies through its sensory system. We receive and understand touch, thermal, and pain stimuli through this complex system, which is made up of specialized receptors that detect a wide range of stimuli and convert information into a neural code that the spinal...
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Overview

Pain explores the workings of the somatosensory and pain systems, how disorders can affect how we process information with these systems, and how pain can be treated. Our bodies receive information about the external environment and the internal state of our bodies through its sensory system. We receive and understand touch, thermal, and pain stimuli through this complex system, which is made up of specialized receptors that detect a wide range of stimuli and convert information into a neural code that the spinal cord and brain interpret as sensation. The interpretation of sensations can be affected by the nervous system, and through the use of surgery, medication, and the power of the mind.

About the Author:
Bryan C. Hains, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of neurology and conducts research on nerve injury and pain within the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research at Yale University

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
This is a book for the serious high school student or teacher. It is a good starting point for research on pain because of the high level and detail of information. There are wonderful, informative illustrations, such as a picture of gout by James Gillray that will ring true with any person who has suffered from it. Anyone who takes or has taken pain medication will appreciate the book's explanation of how they work. Pain treatment is thoroughly discussed. There is a clear explanation of the difference between NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and COX (cyclooxygenase) inhibitors. Good analogies are used such, as "the action potential is an all or none response, encoding a single binary piece of information: YES: NO." The clarity of this book is beautiful. The pain response in your body does more than tells the foot that stepped on the tack to pull back; it also actives the other leg to extend, to move the body away and to stay balanced. Chronic pain disables more people than cancer or heart disease and costs an estimated $70 million a year. The glossary is complete for the scope of the book. Student researchers will be well-served if school and public libraries have this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089514
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Gray Matter Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents


History of Sensation and Pain     1
Skin and the Periphery     8
The Viscera     19
The Peripheral Nerve and Dorsal Root Ganglia     27
The Spinal Cord     36
The Brain     53
Pain Phenomena     62
Pain Disorders     71
Endogenous Pain Control     81
Exogenous Pain Treatments     90
Glossary     101
Bibliography     108
Further Reading     114
Index     117
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