Why We Hurt: The Natural History of Pain by Frank T. Vertosick, Jr.
A top neurosurgeon and acclaimed author's unique and highly readable study of the paradox of pain, with fascinating anecdotes on childbirth, migraines, cancer, and more.
Medical science has made brilliant discoveries over the last century but as any cancer patient can attest, it has yet to conquer, or even fully comprehend, pain. Beginning with his own battle against severe migraines, and citing numerous case studies of his patients, in Why We Hurt Dr. Frank Vertosick explains how pain evolved, and by highlighting the critical functions it serves, he helps us to understand its value. Well written, expertly researched, and movingly told, each chapter offers an amalgam of medicine, history, anthropology, drama, inspiration, and practical advice on a myriad of pain syndromes, from back pain to angina, arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome. A skilled writer and compassionate physician, Vertosick believes knowledge is often the first, and best, analgesic, and in Why We Hurt, "he offers fascinating insight into the greatest mystery of all: what it means to be human" (The Seattle Times).
Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., M.D., is a neurosurgeon and author of When the Air Hits Your Brain, a highly acclaimed memoir of his surgical training. A former president of the Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Why We Hurt: The Natural History of Pain, was a phenomenal read from start to finish. Being an eighteen year old high school student I picked up the book a little nervous that I would have trouble understand the highly advanced language of Dr. Frank T. Vertosick JR, but I was delightfully surprised to find the opposite. The book was filled to the brim with hundreds of comparisons to daily life that anyone could understand. What makes it stand out so much is its ability to bring chronic pain to life for those who have never experienced it no matter their age or intelligence level. I am astounded that DR Vertosick found a way to simplify such deep medical concepts into suck brilliant reading material for those young and old. Overall a must read for anyone interested in the science and reasoning of pain.