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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melanie Thernstrom Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas that prevent proper treatment, to devastating effect.

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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Celeste | 2/11/2014

    " For all its inadequacies, The Pain Chronicles remains fascinating and engaging. The best section of the book--about 2/3rds through--deals with pain perception across races, genders, etc. As a patient with a chronic illness, I found this book so helpful and clear about how pain shapes us and how we shape pain. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carol | 2/10/2014

    " This is one of those books I think I SHOULD read because I will learn something important. I am struggling to get through it though and almost ready to give myself permission to put it away undone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan B | 2/3/2014

    " I'm loving this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margery Irvine | 2/2/2014

    " Probably could've used some judicious editing, but extremely informative and comprehensive. Well-written, except for the profusion of exclamation marks. "

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About the Author

Melanie Thernstrom is the author of the bestselling memoir The Dead Girl and Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and has also written for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She lives near Portland, Oregon.