The Challenge of Pain

Overview

Over the years a scientific revolution has taken place in the field of brain research and therapy. A major catalyst for this change was the introduction in 1965 by Professor Ronald Melzack and Professor Patrick D. Wall of the 'gate control' theory of pain, which led to an explosion of research studies and new therapeutic approaches. In this informative and important study they explore the current status of pain research and treatment. Divided into four sections, the book describes the psychological and clinical ...

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Overview

Over the years a scientific revolution has taken place in the field of brain research and therapy. A major catalyst for this change was the introduction in 1965 by Professor Ronald Melzack and Professor Patrick D. Wall of the 'gate control' theory of pain, which led to an explosion of research studies and new therapeutic approaches. In this informative and important study they explore the current status of pain research and treatment. Divided into four sections, the book describes the psychological and clinical aspects of pain, presents the rapidly increasing physiological evidence and examines the major theories of pain and their implications for its control. The authors emphasize the need to promote education regarding the treatment of pain among both health professionals and patients, arguing that many people suffer needlessly through ignorance of medical advances. In the final section they explain the exciting developments in pain control, in particular the radical approach to the control of chronic pain being pioneered by pain clinics and hospices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140256703
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Preface to the Updated Second Edition xi
Part 1 The Puzzle of Pain 1
1 Pain and Injury: the Variable Link 3
2 The Psychology of Pain 15
3 The Varieties of Pain 34
4 Clinical Pains 47
Part 2 The Physiology of Pain 79
5 Peripheral Nerve and Spinal Mechanisms 81
6 The Physiology of Prolonged Pain after Nerve Injury 108
7 Brain Mechanisms 122
Part 3 Theories of Pain 147
8 The Evolution of Pain Theories 149
9 Gate-Control and Other Mechanisms 165
Part 4 The Control of Pain 195
10 The Search for Drugs 197
11 Sensory Modulation of Pain 214
12 Psychological Modulation of Pain 244
13 Pain Clinics, Hospices and the Challenge of Needless Pain 262
14 The Future of Pain Control 284
Glossary 296
References 301
Index 329
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