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Painful Yarns: Metaphors and Stories to Help Understand the Biology of Pain Paperback – 1 Apr 2008


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  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Dancing Giraffe Press (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980358809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980358803
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This much anticipated collection of stories, written by clinical neuroscientist and co-author of Explain Pain, Dr GL Moseley, provides an entertaining and informative way to understand modern pain biology. Described by critics as 'a gem' and by clinicians as 'entertaining and educative', Painful Yarns is a unique book. The stories, some of his travels in outback Australia, some of experiences growing up, are great yarns. At the end of each story, there is a section "so what has this got to do with pain?" in which Lorimer uses the story as a metaphor for some aspect of pain biology. The level of the pain education is appropriate for patients and health professionals. The entertainment is good for everyone. You don't have to be interested in pain to get something from this book and a laugh or two!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Harrison on 13 Jan 2009
Hilarious with a serious message. Each story gets across an aspect of the latest research findings into pain biology. This really opened my eyes and helped me to understand my condition better. It also removed a lot of guilt and confusion. The style is really engaging and irreverent. I think this should be required reading for every chronic pain sufferer, family member, friend and medical professional. An excellent companion to the more comprehensive Explain Pain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Physio on 8 Feb 2010
For those with chronic pain - or for those working in the field - this book is required reading. It is extremely witty and uses analogies and stories to get across important messages relating to recent pain research. I work as a medical professional in this field (and have no links to the author!) - and regularly recommend this book to my colleagues, patients and their family. The understanding of pain is crucial to its management.

If you like it - there is more in this vein (but using a bit more complex language) by getting Explain Pain by Butler and Moseley.

I cant recommend Painful Yarns highly enough.
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By H. Newman on 5 July 2014
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Great item
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a very god book for inspiration teaching pain medicine hobe to be able to contribute to the book with yet an yarn
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This is a great read - very amusing stories that certainly made reading and learning about the neurological aspect of pain all the easier, which was undoubtedly its aim. I purchased this (on Kindle) as the author seems to be very much at the forefront of this area, but his other books are prohibitively expensive for anyone who like me are unable to work due to chronic health problems. I have knocked off one star though because when I got to the end I though "so what do I do with this new-found understanding of pain, to actually help me recover" and the book leaves you without any answers or even pointers. Its a bit like expecting someone to be able to drive a car when all they have done is the theory test. I now 'get' that what is going on isn't necessarily an accurate reflection of damage/threat etc, but that doesn't make the pain any less painful! Please write a follow-up LM, with some guidance on how to recover using this understanding.
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By TC on 27 Jan 2014
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Some great lessons in pain that are easy to understand from the therapists point of view as well as the lay persons point of view. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from pain and anyone attempting to treat painful conditions.
And its funny too, not at all what you might expect from such a potentially difficult subject.
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