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The Challenge of Pain (Penguin Science) [Paperback]

Patrick Wall , Ronald Melzack
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27 Jun 1996 Penguin Science

Pain has many valuable functions. It can be a warning or force us to rest our bodies. Yet most ongoing chronic pain, such as unrelenting backache or headache, has no discernable cause and diminishes countless lives.

Over the years a scientific revolution has taken place in chronic pain research and therapy. A major catalyst for this was the introduction of the 'gate theory' by Professor Ronald Melzack and Professor Patrick D. Wall, which argued that pain is a unified stream of experience generated by the brain, incorporating a whole host of psychological functions. Their now-classic book, with a new introduction taking in all the latest medical developments, examines every facet of pain: the psychological and clinical aspects, the physiological evidence, the major theories of pain and the developments in its control.

The challenge in the twenty-first century is to look at how memories, personal and social expectations, genetics, gender, aging and stress patterns all play a role in pain, and how understanding this could lead to the relief of the suffering endured by millions.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Rev Ed edition (27 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256703
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronald Melzack is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University. After receiving his Ph.D. from McGill, he carried out research at the University of Oregon Medical School, the University of Pisa and University College London.

Patrick D. Wall (1925 - 2001) was Professor Emeritus at the University of London. After receiving his medical degree from Oxford, he worked at the Universities of Yale, Chicago and Harvard, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal text for anyone who treats pain 8 Feb 2002
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This book is the professional's guide to the diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of pain in all health care settings. It is easy to read, it gives examples to illustrate the points made and it combines the virtues of being both concise and thorough
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great reference from the real experts of pain physiology. i've learned a lot from this book. surely recommendable for everyone who wants to know the full physiology of Pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 20 Mar 2014
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This book was recommended for a school assignment on the topic of pain. Very comprehensive, many useful references and educational. Well-written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 Dec 2010
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Used this when taking a degree unit in pain management - learnt from the masters! Very good book, very readable and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to chronic pain sufferers 15 Mar 2013
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I have been suffering from chronic shoulder pain for over six months, and I am having surgery soon which will hopefully fix the problem. The pain is an agonising 8/10 and lasts all day, from the moment I wake up until I go back to sleep in the evening. This pain has deteriorated my quality of life in a variety of respects. Sadly the exact cause of the pain has mystified my consultant, but I'm confident it was caused by misusing the shoulder press machine at the gym. I have been prescribed tramadol to help manage the pain, and I sometimes use a TENS machine with limited success. I wanted to educate myself about chronic pain, since I had a very limited understanding of my condition. This text has helped develop my knowledge and offers some comfort - it reminds me that I am not the only sufferer, and in fact there are many people around the world able to cope with similar conditions. Pain has a huge impact on mental and physical well-being, so educate yourself on the causes, effects and possible treatments.
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