Let's Talk Chronic Pain

A Manual for Patients and Physicians

Authors: Gildenberg, Philip L., DeVaul, Richard A.

  • Helps provide a rational understanding of the mechanism that leads to chronic pain
  • Offers succinct description of practical, effective and proven steps to successful management
  • Serves as a valuable and easy -to- read guide for both the clinician and the patient
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This book presents a concept of chronic pain that has been derived from years of clinical practice by two experts. It is derived from discussions with several hundred patients with persistent pain despite a multitude of prior attempts to cure their pain. It reveals an understanding of what causes chronic pain, what makes it worse, what medications are appropriate or inappropriate, and when a surgical or other procedure should or should not be done. It recognizes that most chronic pain patients are over-treated, rather than the opposite. There is great confusion among both doctors and patients about the role of pain medications, many of which are addicting and may make the pain worse rather than better. Most successful treatment of chronic pain begins with both the doctor and the patient recognizing the many factors that influence the pain. The book presents general principles, patient selection and non-surgical management of persistent non-cancer pain and teaches how to discuss these factors in a comprehensive and understandable format with both patients and other physicians. It presents guidelines for use of the surgical or office procedures that are appropriate for some of the patients with chronic pain.

About the authors

Philip L. GILDENBERG, MD, PhD, received a BA degree in Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955, his MD and MS in Neurophysiology from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, PA in 1959 followed by a PhD in Neurophysiology from Temple University in 1970. He is Director of the Houston Steroetactic Concepts, Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine) and Clinical Professor of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gildenberg retired from the clinical practice of neurosurgery in October 2001. He is the Past President of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Professor Gildenberg is Co-Editor of Textbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (Major Reference Work, book with DVD) to be published in 2009.

Richard A. DeVAUL, MD received his medical education at Iowa State University, at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Psychiatry specialty training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is author of many international publications and served on various boards.


Both authors are recognized experts in the field of pain management, and that name recognition extends through societies conerned with pain management, such as the American Pain Society, the American Association and World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Let's Talk Chronic Pain
Book Subtitle
A Manual for Patients and Physicians
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11848-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 illustrations in colour
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