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Pain: the Science of Suffering (Maps of the Mind)

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Publisher Comments:

Pain is one of medicine's greatest mysteries. When farmer John Mitson caught his hand in a baler, he cut off his trapped hand and carried it to a neighbor. Sheer survival and logic was how he described it. And strangely, I didn't feel any pain. How can this be? We're taught that pain is a warning message to be heeded at all costs, yet it can switch off in the most agonizing circumstances or switch on for no apparent reason. Many scientists, philosophers, and laypeople imagine pain to operate like a rigid, simple signaling system, as if a particular injury generates a fixed amount of pain that simply gets transmitted to the brain; yet this mechanistic model is woefully lacking in the face of the surprising facts about what people and animals do and experience when their bodies are damaged.

Patrick Wall looks at these questions and sets his scientific account in a broad context, interweaving it with a wealth of fascinating and sometimes disturbing historical detail, such as famous characters who derived pleasure from pain, the unexpected reactions of injured people, the role of endorphins, and the power of placebo. He covers cures of pain, ranging from drugs and surgery, through relaxation techniques and exercise, to acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and herbalism.

Pain involves our state of mind, our social mores and beliefs, and our personal experiences and expectations. Stepping beyond the famous neurologic gate-control theory for which he is known, Wall shows that pain is a matter of behavior and its manifestation differs among individuals, situations, and cultures. The way we deal with pain is an expression of individuality.

Book News Annotation:

In his fourth book on pain, Royal Society fellow Wall (psychology, St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, London) notes some of its more complex and baffling features, such as the ability of people and animals to switch it off during emergencies, the pleasure it gives some people, the role of endorphins, and the power of placebo. He places the scientific understanding in historical and cultural context.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The world's foremost expert draws on the latest research to present an accessible look at the causes and consequences of pain, both mental and physical. Patrick Wall shows that pain is a matter of behavioral manifestation and differs among individuals, situations, and cultures. Wall provides a wealth of fascinating and sometimes disturbing historical detail, such as famous characters who derived pleasure from pain, the unexpected reactions of injured people, the role of endorphins, and the power of placebo. He covers cures of pain, ranging from drugs and surgery, through relaxation techniques and exercise, to acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and herbalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231120067
Author:
Wall, Patrick D.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Pain Medicine
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Pain
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Copyright:
Series:
Maps of the Mind
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.23x6.12x.68 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The world's foremost expert draws on the latest research to present an accessible look at the causes and consequences of pain, both mental and physical. Patrick Wall shows that pain is a matter of behavioral manifestation and differs among individuals, situations, and cultures. Wall provides a wealth of fascinating and sometimes disturbing historical detail, such as famous characters who derived pleasure from pain, the unexpected reactions of injured people, the role of endorphins, and the power of placebo. He covers cures of pain, ranging from drugs and surgery, through relaxation techniques and exercise, to acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, and herbalism.
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