The Truth About Chronic Pain
by Arthur Rosenfeld (9780465071395)

The Truth About Chronic Pain
Arthur Rosenfeld
Release Date: 20 Apr 2005
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780465071395
ISBN-10: 0465071392

A much needed and timely guide through the war on chronic pain, told in the words of pain sufferers and those who treat them. "It's all in your head. " "Learn to bear it. " "That drug will make you a junkie. "For the more than 75 million Americans affected by chronic pain, these are fighting words. Despite extraordinary medical progress in recent years, millions of people, debilitated by the pain of incurable cancer, crippling arthritis, unremitting headaches, and a host of degenerative disorders, continue to suffer needlessly. Here, in their own words, are the stories of more than forty people whose lives are dictated by pain-patients, healthcare professionals, ethicists, social commentators, and scientists-shining a powerful searchlight on America's most misunderstood health problem. The Truth About Chronic Pain reveals why pain is so often ignored or under-treated. Among the reasons are the widespread belief that pain is a sign of weakness and the unfounded fears that properly administered painkillers will cause addiction. As bureaucrats, doctors, and pharmacists become adversaries in the War on Drugs, people in pain are often denied the relief they need. The voices on these pag

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