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Understanding Pain

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ISBN-10: 0262018047

ISBN-13: 9780262018043

Edition: 2012

Authors: Fernando Cervero

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If you touch something hot, it hurts. You snatch your hand away from the hot thing immediately. Obviously. But what is really happening, biologically--and emotionally? In Understanding Pain, Fernando Cervero explores the mechanisms and the meaning of pain. You touch something hot and your brain triggers a reflex action that causes you to withdraw your hand, protecting you from injury. That kind of pain, Cervero explains, is actually good for us; it acts as an alarm that warns us of danger and keeps us away from harm.But, Cervero tells us, not all pain is good for you. There is another kind of pain that is more like a curse: chronic pain that is not related to injury. This is the kind of…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

A Biological Enigma: The Meaning of Pain
How Much It Hurts: Measuring Pain
Nociceptors: Sensing Pain
The Enchanted Loom: Pain Networks
Pain Dynamics: Sensitization
I Feel Your Pain: Perception and the Brain
A Certain Gut Feeling: Visceral Pain
A Mere Curse: Neuropathic Pain
Sex, Genes, and Stress: Pain Modulation
A Pain-Free World: Curing Pain