Narrative, Pain And Suffering (Progress in Pain Research and Management, Volume 34)

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Studies of pain narrative focus not simply on engrossing tales, but on complex and subtle processes rooted in the neurobiology of self-representation, emotion, and social interaction. These processes shape how individuals and cultures experience and report pain. Studies of narrative in its broadest sense not only deepen our understanding of pain and suffering, but also teach us about meaning, motivation, and discourse as represented in the biomedical, human, and social sciences.

This book embodies the path-breaking multidisciplinary perspective that was created when leading contributors in neurobiology, integrative physiology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and clinical research joined with clinicians, writers, and journalists from developed and developing countries. Together they have produced a unique volume that speaks to core issues integral to emerging pain research and humane health care in the 21st century.

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Daniel B. Carr, MD, is the Saltonstall Professor of Pain Research in the Departments of Anesthesia and Medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Vice Chairman for Research of NEMC's Deparatment of Anesthesia, and Co-Director of the MS Degree Program in Pain Research, Education and Policy at Tufts University School of Medicine.

John D. Loeser, MD, is a professor of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is on the Attending Staff of the University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle), Harborview Medical Center, and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

David B. Morris, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and professor at the University of Virginia.

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Rarely does a book come along with so much potential for changing the intellectual basis for treating patients with pain. This text puts forth a patient-specific, qualitative rather than evidence-based, interdisciplinary conceptualization of treating chronic pain that is grounded in postmodern therapy and narrative therapy. In fact, this book has appeal to more than just those physicians who treat chronic pain because many of its concepts are applicable to any physician who treats a suffering patient. [...] In summary, few books offer such fresh, novel, intellectually challenging 'reconstructions' of our current perceptions of a field of medicine, in this case the treatment of pain. I highly recommend this book and would expect it to be in the library of many pain specialists. --Jonathan D. Carlson, MD, PhD, Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. 104, April 2006

This volume presents the views of authors from an impressively wide range of fields who engage the question of how the experience and psychophysiology of pain is related to the narratives or stores told by individuals suffering from pain. [...] The arguments of this book provoke a reader in our academic climate of evidence and algorithms to recognize how fundamental it is for the systematic study of human suffering to take into account that persons are fundamentally meaning-making beings, and that the difficulties or ease persons experience narrating their suffering are matters of essential consequence. --Paul Lysaker, PhD, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 195, No. 4, April 2007

This book is highly recommended not only for the staff of multidisciplinary pain clinics but for all medical school and hospital libraries. --T. Cramond in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. 34, No. 5, October 2006

This volume presents the views of authors from an impressively wide range of fields who engage the question of how the experience and psychophysiology of pain is related to the narratives or stores told by individuals suffering from pain. [...] The arguments of this book provoke a reader in our academic climate of evidence and algorithms to recognize how fundamental it is for the systematic study of human suffering to take into account that persons are fundamentally meaning-making beings, and that the difficulties or ease persons experience narrating their suffering are matters of essential consequence. --Paul Lysaker, PhD, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 195, No. 4, April 2007

This book is highly recommended not only for the staff of multidisciplinary pain clinics but for all medical school and hospital libraries. --T. Cramond in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. 34, No. 5, October 2006

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