Pain is the most common complaint amongst all patients seeking care from all types of health practitioners. It is estimated that 40% of patient visits to health care practitioners are for the management of pain.
The problem of pain and other functional complaints is an ever larger proportion of the practice of integrative medicine. Complementary and alternative medical modalities have much to offer in managing pain and functional complaints, as well as presenting new and unique perspectives on the phenomenon of pain.
This book is also unique in taking into account cultural, historical and social factors in pain and pain management. While not a topic in itself (with the exception of the introductory chapter) it is a perspective that infuses all the topics of the book.
Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, is a physician-anthropologist who has worked to create science-based tools for the health professions to be better informed and productively participate in the new fields of CAM and integrative medicine. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the first U.S. journal in CAM, Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy (1994). He organized and edited the first U.S. textbook, Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (1996), now entering a fourth edition (2008). He served as series editor for Medical Guides to Complementary and Alternative Medicine with eighteen titles in print on a broad range of therapies and therapeutic systems within the scope of CAM. In 1999, he edited Current Complementary Therapies, focusing on contemporary innovations and controversies, and Physician's Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He most recently has edited Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care and Prevention: Foundations and Evidence-Based Interventions (2006, Springer Publishing Company).
He organized and co-chaired (with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Dr. Dean Ornish) six national continuing education conferences on the theory, science, and practice of CAM during 1991 to 2001. In 2002, he became founding director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC to educate policymakers, the health professions, and the general public about needs and opportunities for integrative medicine. From 2003 to 2005, he also accepted an interim appointment as executive director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is presently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on the guest faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia, The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of California at Irvine and at San Diego, and George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Michael I. Weintraub MD, FACP, FAAN, is a neurologist and pain medicine specialist and a leading proponent of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He served as the first Director of the American Academy of Neurology Course on Alternative Medicine in 1999 and 2000. He has performed original and pioneering research with laser biostimulation in carpal tunnel syndrome and magnetic biostimulation using both static and time-varying magnetic fields to reduce neuropathic pain in diabetic peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. He has published over 200 articles in leading peer reviewed journals, provided chapters for several textbooks, written three books and edited several books. He has received many awards including the American Journal of Pain Management Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature for his paper "Litigation-Chronic pain syndrome: a distinct entity. Analysis of 210 cases." He has been named in "Best Doctors in New York" (New York Magazine) four years in a row, as voted by his peers.
Dr. Weintraub attended medical school at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and completed his neurology training at Yale University School of Medicine. He has held faculty positions at SUNY-Buffalo, Yale, Boston University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as his current faculty appointments as Clinical Professor of Neurology and Medicine at New York Medical College, and also Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
Ravinder Mamtani, MBBS, MD, MSc, is a preventive and complementary medicine physician. He is a Professor of Clinical Community and Preventive Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Public Health, at New York Medical College, and the Section Chief of Complementary Medicine at the Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Mamtani is a keen teacher and educator and takes pride in his clinical and research accomplishments.
Dr. Mamtani earned his medical degree from the University of Delhi, India and received his postgraduate training in the United Kingdom and at New York Medical College/Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine in the specialties of Occupational Medicine and Preventive Medicine. Well known for his evidence-based approach to complementary and preventive medicine, he sees patients/persons with an interest in integrative approach to disease management. His special interests include management of patients with chronic pain, women's health issues, cancer, and other chronic health problems.
As a principal investigator of an NIH/National Cancer Institute Cancer Education Program (1991-95), Dr. Mamtani directed his efforts in building nutrition curriculum for medical students at New York Medical College with an emphasis on chronic disease and cancer prevention. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of public health, preventive and complementary medicine, and delivered many lectures/seminars abroad on a variety of topics in global health, preventive and integrative medicine. Dr. Mamtani has been a keynote speaker in many conferences/seminar discussions on various health topics. As a monthly columnist in a local Gannett newspaper, he writes on a wide range of topics of interest to the general public in his column "Today's Medicine." Dr. Mamtani's interests include evidence-based approaches to patient and chronic disease management, medical education, preventive medicine, global health, and other emerging health care trends such as medical tourism and integrative health.