Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control

Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control

Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control

Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control

Synopsis

This empowering book provides a comprehensive resource to help readers of all ages understand pain, seek the right diagnosis and treatment, and allow them to take control of their pain.

Excerpt

Over the past 100 years, there have been incredible medical breakthroughs that have prevented or cured illness in billions of people and helped many more improve their health while living with chronic conditions. a few of the most important 20th-century discoveries include antibiotics, organ transplants, and vaccines. the 21st century has already heralded important new treatments including such things as a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) from infecting and potentially leading to cervical cancer in women. Polio is on the verge of being eradicated worldwide, making it only the second infectious disease behind smallpox to ever be erased as a human health threat. Pain is a complex condition that is often ignored or undertreated.

In this series, experts from many disciplines share with readers important and updated medical knowledge related to diagnosing and treating pain. All aspects of health are considered, including disease-specific subjects and preventive medical care. Disseminating this information will help individuals to improve their health, researchers and doctors to determine where there are gaps in our current knowledge, and policy makers to assess the most pressing needs in health care.

Series Editor Julie K. Silver, md Assistant Professor Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation . . .

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