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Pain : the science of suffering

Author: Patrick D Wall
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2000.
Series: Maps of the mind.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 show that pain is a matter of behavior and its manifestation differs among individuals, situations, and cultures."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick D Wall
ISBN: 0231120060 9780231120067 0231120079 9780231120074
OCLC Number: 43561940
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Private Pain and Public Display --
The Philosophy of Pain --
The Body Detects, the Brain Reacts --
The Whole Body --
A "Normal" Pain Response --
Pains with Obvious Causes --
Pain Without a Cause --
How Treatments Work --
The Placebo Response --
Your Pain --
Other People's Pain.
Series Title: Maps of the mind.
Responsibility: Patrick Wall.

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Many scientists, philosophers, and laypeople imagine pain to operate like a rigid, simple signalling system, yet this mechanistic model is woefully lacking in the face of the surprising facts about  Read more...

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In this generally thoughtful text, Wall offers his belief in the benefit of narcotic medications for cancer patients in pain. Publishers Weekly Wall is a sage neuroscientist who challenges younger Read more...

 
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