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About the Author

Ronald Melzack is Professor Emeritus of psychology at McGill University. After receiving his Ph.D. from McGill, he carried out research at the University of Oregon Medical School, the University of Pisa, and University College London. Patrick D. Wall (1925—2001) was Professor Emeritus at the University of London. After receiving his medical degree from Oxford, he worked at the Universities of Yale, Chicago, and Harvard, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Science
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; 2 Updated edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140256703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256703
  • ASIN: 0140256709
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peruser. on December 7, 2012
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Here you'll find the real story of pain and all it's manifestations. Not for the faint hearted or for those without some learning in medicine or ancillary services like psychology because of all the medical terms mentioned but if your determined you could read it with a dictionary in the other hand.So! if you want to learn about how pain work, look no further.
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I'm a grad student currently doing a thesis which will probably on diabetic pain. I bought the challenge of pain in the hopes that it would be an in depth introduction to the topic of pain(which is one I did not originally know much about). I have found it to be very informative, with multiple citations and diagrams illustrating key principles. As many of the studies cited are from the 70s and 80s, it is also a very useful summary about the history of pain research. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting out in the field of pain, and probably anyone in the field already who would like to know more about it.
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This is a follow up to the book "puzzle of pain". It updates our understanding of pain, in particular M & Ws "gate control theory", also goes on to talk about long term pain (i.e., neuropathic pain) and its underlying mechanisms. Also acknowledges the importance of pain clinics.
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