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What made the experience of listening to About Pain the most enjoyable?
I am a psychiatrist/addictionist, and I am also board eligible in neurology. I am a former member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, where I learned to use that arcane and highly effective method to treat acute and chronic pain. Lastly, I am coincidentally a pain sufferer. Having managed innumerable patients who have suffered pain, a host more who have attempted through addiction to avoid it, and finally to experience my own pain through 3 back surgeries and 15 months of at times almost unbearable L4-5 nerve root pain, I think I can speak with authority about Rachel Aaron’s book. I most enjoyed the book because it spoke accurately and comprehensively about the pain condition..
What did you like best about this story?
The author seeks to develop our empathy for the suffering of others through dramatized case examples, including her own suffering, making this book a useful textbook for medical students, as well as caregivers. We as caregivers need an understanding of pain and what generates it and have an emotional grasp of its experience, but we need to go further and fathom the mind of the pain sufferer. In other words, we need to have a feel for the “pain” patient. "About Pain" admirably accomplishes this
Which scene was your favorite?
Finally, we would like to do something about our sufferer’s pain. This is not a textbook of physical pain management, but it is essential reading for mental health clinicians encountering pain sufferers in practice, for the author gives us a panoply of effective psycho-social interventions to help ease the pain of many patients.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I would like to have seen discussion of addiction as a prime means of avoiding pain, given our current national opiate crisis, but that would be the topic for another book.
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