Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain

Understanding Pain: Exploring the Perception of Pain

by Fernando Cervero

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ISBN-13: 9780262526067
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Fernando Cervero, President of the International Association for the Study of Pain, is Professor of Anesthesia at McGill University, where he is the Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 A Biological Enigma: The Meaning of Pain 1

2 How Much It Hurts: Measuring Pain 19

3 Nociceptors: Sensing Pain 35

4 The Enchanted Loom: Pain Networks 53

5 Pain Dynamics: Sensitization 69

6 I Feel Your Pain: Perception and the Brain 85

7 A Certain Gut Feeling: Visceral Pain 99

8 A Mere Curse: Neuropathic Pain 117

9 Sex, Genes, and Stress: Pain Modulation 133

10 A Pain-Free World: Curing Pain 147

Epilogue 163

Glossary 167

Index 169

What People are Saying About This

Ronald Dubner

Fernando Cervero's unique ability to provide an understanding of the complex experience of pain will be appreciated by everyone. He integrates historical perspectives with useful anecdotes that contribute to understanding pain relative to personal experience. Noteworthy is his immensely readable chapter on pain hypersensitivity, which explains complex molecular and cellular changes leading to abnormal painful experiences that result in maladaptable behavior. Cervero correctly emphasizes that pain after injury is 'unnecessary and avoidable' and not merely a symptom, but a disease in itself, and must be treated.

Robert F. Schmidt

In a straightforward but nevertheless fascinating way, Fernando Cervero, an excellent pain researcher and a superb writer, unravels the many well known facts as well as the just as numerous mysteries of pain. In comparison to our classical five senses, pain is a very different one indeed. Although it shares quite a number of features with those of the other sensory modalities, it has even more features which have no counterpart.

Endorsement

In a straightforward but nevertheless fascinating way, Fernando Cervero, an excellent pain researcher and a superb writer, unravels the many well known facts as well as the just as numerous mysteries of pain. In comparison to our classical five senses, pain is a very different one indeed. Although it shares quite a number of features with those of the other sensory modalities, it has even more features which have no counterpart.

Robert F. Schmidt, University of Würzburg

From the Publisher

Fernando Cervero's unique ability to provide an understanding of the complex experience of pain will be appreciated by everyone. He integrates historical perspectives with useful anecdotes that contribute to understanding pain relative to personal experience. Noteworthy is his immensely readable chapter on pain hypersensitivity, which explains complex molecular and cellular changes leading to abnormal painful experiences that result in maladaptable behavior. Cervero correctly emphasizes that pain after injury is 'unnecessary and avoidable' and not merely a symptom, but a disease in itself, and must be treated.

Ronald Dubner , Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Fernando Cervero has written an up-to-date introduction to the science of pain. His language is concise and his coverage of topics is broad and placed in historical perspective. Non-specialists will find in this book a readable, accessible and informative entry to the major questions and key discoveries that have broadened our understanding of pain.

Howard Fields , Professor of Neurology; Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction, University of California, San Francisco

In a straightforward but nevertheless fascinating way, Fernando Cervero, an excellent pain researcher and a superb writer, unravels the many well known facts as well as the just as numerous mysteries of pain. In comparison to our classical five senses, pain is a very different one indeed. Although it shares quite a number of features with those of the other sensory modalities, it has even more features which have no counterpart.

Robert F. Schmidt , University of Würzburg

Howard Fields

Fernando Cervero has written an up-to-date introduction to the science of pain. His language is concise and his coverage of topics is broad and placed in historical perspective. Non-specialists will find in this book a readable, accessible and informative entry to the major questions and key discoveries that have broadened our understanding of pain.

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