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William K. Livingston Pain and Suffering

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In this semi-autobiographical work, pioneer clinician-scientist William K. Livingston (1892-1966) guides us through critical early developments in the field of pain research and treatment. Pain and Suffering offers much more than historical significance. Its valuable clinical material serves as a guide to those who strive constantly to improve their own clinical skills. Curiosity, compassion, and concern provide the framework for Livingston's astute clinical observations, enabling him to improve patient treatment through deeper understanding of the neural mechanisms of pain. Above all, he relied on the patient's reported experience, and in this book his narrative gift allows us to witness that dynamic interchange between doctor and patient.

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William K. Livingston, MD (1892-1966) was Chair of Surgery at the University of Oregon Medical School and leader of one of the first multidisciplinary pain clinics, and he gathered a team of basic scientists to study the neurobiology of pain. Additionally, he visited clinics and laboratories throughout the world in order to observe and discuss their work.

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Largely autobiographical in nature, this book explores the evolution of Livingston's ideas in relation to scientific discoveries and his own clinical experience ... [the clinical anecdotes] serve to introduce the discussions of the major problems of pain ... Apart from its concise and interesting presentation of the history, there are two other good reasons for reading this book. First, Livingston's anecdotes remind us that good medical science begins in clinical observation. Livingston insisted that scientists in his own department leave their laboratories to observe patients in order to gain a better understanding of the nature of pain. Second, the book introduces the reader to a warm, creative, intellectual human being, one whose life and work deserve to be remembered. --Isis

This is a fascinating book that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in chronic pain. It is both inspirational and instructive and serves as a model of how to approach the myriad of chronic pain problems that even today we have trouble understanding. --Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

If you want to think with interest and fresh information about peripheral pain, sensory nerve lesions, phantom pain, causalgia and a critical period in the development of our knowledge of the nervous system, you will find all of those things in Livingston. The book is sensitively and helpfully edited and very nicely produced. --Pain Research & Management

This is a fascinating book that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in chronic pain. It is both inspirational and instructive and serves as a model of how to approach the myriad of chronic pain problems that even today we have trouble understanding. --Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

If you want to think with interest and fresh information about peripheral pain, sensory nerve lesions, phantom pain, causalgia and a critical period in the development of our knowledge of the nervous system, you will find all of those things in Livingston. The book is sensitively and helpfully edited and very nicely produced. --Pain Research & Management

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