Maldynia: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain

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James Giordano
CRC Press, Apr 19, 2016 - Science - 280 pages

Whether initiated by injury or disease, induced and sustained by changes in the nervous system, or manifested by society and culture, chronic pain can change one’s first-person experience of the body and the world, and ultimately impacts cognitions, emotions, and behavior. Many fine medical books address the causes and management of chronic intractable pain, but rarely do they focus on the ways that such pain creates illness and is experienced and expressed by persons in pain.

Maldynia: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain is about chronic pain that has progressed to a multidimensional illness state in and of itself. Although often dismissed as such, this pain is not imaginary, but rather represents an interaction of neurobiological processes, emotional and behavioral responses, and socio-cultural effects and reactions that become enduring elements in the life and world of the pain patient, and often remain enigmatic for those who provide care.

Taking a comprehensive approach that covers science, humanities, and culture, this volume emphasizes the need for researchers, clinicians, and caregivers to regard the ways in which chronic intractable pain becomes illness and affects a patient’s biological, social, and psychological states, as well as his or her sense of self. Edited by neuroscientist and neuroethicist James Giordano, this book contains 17 insightful chapters representing medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, ethics, history, art, and the ministry.

This exceptional volume also looks at representations of pain in and through the arts, addresses the assignation of values and meaning in pain assessment and treatment, and considers ways to conjoin the sciences and humanities so as to inform the practice of pain medicine and improve the care of those suffering the illness of chronic pain.


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Chapter 1 MaldyniaThe Illness of Chronic Pain
Chapter 2 A Short History of Pain and Its Treatment
Chapter 3 Pain Does Not Suffer Misprision
Chapter 4 Understanding Suffering
Chapter 5 How Can I Feel Your Pain
Chapter 6 Spirituality Suffering and the Self
Chapter 7 Expressions of Chronic Pain and Suffering in Western Art
Chapter 8 Maldynia as Muse
Chapter 11 Beyond Technology
Chapter 12 Psychological Assessment of Maldynic Pain
Chapter 13 PainismA New Ethics
Chapter 14 Maldynia
Chapter 15 A Clinical Ethics of Chronic Pain Management
Chapter 16 Children Maldynic Pain and the Creation of Suffering
Chapter 17 GoalDirected Health Care and the Chronic Pain Patient
Chapter 18 The Problem of Pain and the Moral Formation of Physicians

Chapter 9 Maldynic Pain in Image and Experience
Chapter 10 Musical Representations of Physical Pain
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