Pain is felt by everyone, yet understanding its nature is fragmented across myriad modes of thought. In this compact, yet thoroughly integrative account uniting medical science, psychology, and the humanities Ronald Schleifer offers a deep and complex understanding along with possible strategies of dealing with pain in its most overwhelming forms. A perfect addition to many courses in medicine, healthcare, counseling psychology, and social work.
Introduction: Chapter 1. The Fact and Experience of Pain: Science and the Humanities / Part I: The Nature of Pain: Chapter 2. The Physiology of Pain: How the Body Works / Chapter 3. The Phenomenon of Chronic Pain: Controversies and Understanding / Chapter 4. Treating Pain: Operations, Drug Therapy, Placebos, and Palliative Care / Part II: Experiences of Pain: Chapter 5. The Experience of Pain: The Nature of Suffering and the Meaning of Pain / Chapter 6. The Politics and Spirituality of Pain: Infants; Women; Torture; Religion; Pleasure and Pain / Part III: Living with Pain: Chapter 7. Caretakers and Sufferers Dealing with Pain / Appendix 1 Pain, Science, and the Humanities / Appendix 2: Online Resources Focused on the Nature and Treatment of Pain