Synopses & Reviews
This riveting book takes the reader around the globe and through the centuries to discover how different cultures have sought to combat and treat physical pain. With colorful stories and sometimes frightening anecdotes, Dr. Thomas Dormandy describes a checkered progression of breakthroughs, haphazard experiments, ignorant attitudes, and surprising developments in human efforts to control pain. Attitudes toward pain and its perception have changed, as have the means of pain relief and scientific understanding. Dr. Dormandy offers a thoroughly fascinating, multi-cultural history that culminates with a discussion of todays successesand failuresin the struggle against pain.
The books exploration is fused with accounts of the development of specific methods of pain relief, including the use of alcohol, plants, hypnosis, religious faith, stoic attitudes, local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and modern analgesics. Dr. Dormandy also looks at the most recent advances in pain clinics and palliative care for patients with terminal disease as well as the prospects for loosening pains grip in the future.
"[An] encylcopedic examination of the nature, meaning, and treatment of pain [in Western civilization]."--Linda Migl Keyser, The Sixteenth Century Journal --Linda Migl Keyser
"[An] encyclopedic examination of the nature, meaning, and treatment of pain [in Western civilization]. . . . Engaging and often entertaining style. . . . Ambitious. . . . Provide[s] an intriguing overview of pain as a distinct and universal human experience."and#8212;Linda Migl Keyser, The Sixteenth Century Journal
About the Author
Thomas Dormandy, M.D.,
is consultant chemical pathologist and retired professor of chemical pathology, Whittington Hospital, University of London, and Brunel University, London. He is the author of the prizewinning book The White Death: A History of Tuberculosis