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In The Pain Chronicles, a singular and deeply humane work, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the ages - from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging - to reveal the elusive, mysterious nature of pain itself. Interweaving first-person reflections on her own battle with chronic pain, incisive reportage from leading-edge pain clinics and medical research, and insights from a wide range of disciplines - science, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art - Thernstrom shows that when dealing with pain we are neither as advanced as we imagine nor as helpless as we may fear.
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By Nathan O'Hara on 08-21-10
Informative, well researched and nicely written
The Pain Chronicles is one of the best books of any genre that I have read in quite a few years. It captivated me as well as any novel, and informed me about chronic pain in a way that made the issue at once human and scientific. I highly recommend this one, and I am pretty hard to please.
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By Mark on 09-07-10
Great for loved ones of chronic pain sufferers
I read the book because my wife has been in pain for several years. While reading this book cannot put me in her shoes, it did give me a better understanding of what being in constant pain does to a person. Moreover, it gave me a much better understanding of the separation between pain perception and injury. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves someone who has chronic pain.
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