Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Central Neuropathic Pain: Focus on Poststroke Pain

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Central Neuropathic Pain: Focus on Poststroke Pain

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CENTRAL NEUROPATHIC PAIN: FOCUS ON POSTSTROKE PAIN James L. Henry, Akbar Panju, and Kiran Yashpal (Eds.) Seattle: IASP Press, 2007, 281 pp., $80.00 (hardcover).

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is a nonprofit interdisciplinary organization dedicated to understanding the mechanisms of pain and improving the care of patients with pain through research, education, and communication. The organization includes scientists and health care professionals dedicated to these goals. The IASP sponsors scientific meetings and publishes newsletters, technical bulletins, the journal Pain, and books.

The goal of IASP Press is to provide the IASP membership with timely, highquality, attractive, low-cost publications relevant to the problem of pain. These publications are also intended to appeal to a wider audience of scientists and clinicians interested in the problem of pain.

This book cannot be recommended for laypersons. It is a multiauthored exhaustive result of a symposium 2006 focusing on one very narrow field-neurology. Even though I am a physician with 30 years of experience and a person who in 1992 had a major vascular occlusion (stroke), I had never heard of the topic of central neuropathic (poststroke) pain. The introduction claims that, though rare, the entity affects "8% of all stroke patients" and is worthy of study and research. …

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