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Pain Chronicles Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

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ISBN-10: 0865476810

ISBN-13: 9780865476813

Edition: 2010

Authors: Melanie Thernstrom

List price: $27.00
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Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas that prevent proper treatment, to devastating effect. InThe Pain Chronicles, a singular and deeply humane work, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the agesfrom ancient Babylonian…    
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/17/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342

Introduction: The Telegram
The Vale of Pain, the Veil of Pain: Pain as Metaphor
Dolor Dictat
Pain Diary: I Keep a Secret
The Descent of Pain
Their Eyes Were Open to Suffering
Evil, Hurtful Things of Darkness
No God Came to the Rescue, No Goddess Took Pity on Me
Pain Diary: I Avoid Diagnosis
Acute and Chronic Pain
Destroyer of Grief
The Plan
The Placebo Dilemma
Repressed Negative Emotions
Thistles to Thee
Jesus' Pain
The Martyr's Paradox
Trial by Ordeal
Pain Diary: I Decide to Get a Diagnosis
The Body in Pain
Pioneer Girl
The spell of surgical sleep: Pain as history
Conquering Pain
The Graft and Its Terrors
A Terror That Surpasses All Description
Drowsy Potions
A Chimera Not Permitted
By Whom Pain in Surgery Was Averted and Annulled
The Slavery of Etherization
Pain Diary: I Get a Diagnosis
One's Whole Life and One's Fate
Terrible Alchemy: Pain as Disease
A Particular Chamber in Hell
The Shape-shifter
The Undeadness of Dead Nerves
Neuropathic Pain Syndromes
Surgical Pain Syndromes
A Classic Misinterpretation
�It's Hard Work Behaving as a Credible Patient�
The Paradox of Patients' Satisfaction with Inadequate Pain Management
The Scar Hypothesis
Opioid Addiction and Pseudo-addiction
Prosecuting Prescribers
The Invisible Hierarchy of Feeling
Pain Threshold and Pain Tolerance
Individual Pain Sensitivity
The Cellular Secret of the Chronic Pain Cycle
The Wonderful Dream That Pain Has Been Taken Away from Us
Pain Diary: I Try to Understand Science
Finding A Voice: Pain as Narrative
Finding a Voice
Integrative and Disintegrative Pain
The Risks of Religious Belief
The Phoenix
The Feared-for Self, the Actual Self, and the Hoped-for Self
The Rustling of Strange Wings
Ghost of a Medical Meaning
The Difficult Patient
When Painkillers Create Pain
Sinister Ideas of Pathology
This Curse That I'm Living with
A Partner in Wellness
Pain Diary: I Wish for More Betterness
At the Will of the Body
More Betterness to Get
A Hundred Blessings
The Crack Where the Light Comes In
Romantic and Physical Pain
Only Not Showing You My Devotion Is Painful
To Cure the Mind: Pain as Perception
What Is Pain?
The Demon in the Machine
Pain Perception and Pain Modulation
Expectation Rivals Nociception
The Magic Takes Place in Your Head
A Less Dire Narrative
Pain Diary: I Try to Change My Perception
The Anesthesia of Belief
Cognitive Control over Neuroplasticity
Terra Incognita
A Universe of Hurt
Right Next Door