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An important book about a painful condition
on September 21, 2011
Frankly, I think this book should be read by every doctor, regardless of his or her specialty. A Pained Life is a tense and often sad journey into the world of trigeminal neuralgia and the constant raw pain it produces. Additionally, it is a book that chronicles the medical and societal abuses that are common for patients who live with complicated, chronic conditions. That the author, Levy, was made vulnerable by pain, and that several of her physicians took advantage of this for their own agenda was criminal. Levy's story also contained many instances when people who should have cared about her, took advantage of her or emotionally abused her. Her story is very compelling. All in all the content of this book is definitely worth reading. My reason for giving it only three stars is that it could use a good editor to fix areas of repetitiveness and disjointedness. At times, as Levy jumped back and forth between past and current events, I found it difficult to understand what she was referring to and how it pertained. Additionally, I was frustrated with Levy's expectations that her father would ever change or could be expected to behave in a responsible manner. After a while, her interactions with him made me almost as angry with her as they did him. However, given what Levy was put through and the amount of pain she was dealing with (I know how it can bring one to their knees), I came away from the last page impressed at her brave battle.