The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

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Picador, Aug 2, 2011 - Medical - 384 pages
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In The Pain Chronicles, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the ages--from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging--to reveal the elusive, mysterious nature of pain itself. Interweaving first-person reflections on her own battle with chronic pain, incisive reportage from leading pain clinics and medical research, and insights from a wide range of disciplines, Thernstrom shows that when dealing with pain we are neither as advanced as we imagine nor as helpless as we may fear.

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Review: The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

User Review  - Darcy - Goodreads

I liked the information in this book and how the author tried to explore and attribute meanings to our chronic pain. I thought it got a little repetitive toward the end, but that is like our chronic ... Read full review

Review: The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

User Review  - Heidi Nemo - Goodreads

She's more of a journalist than a historian, a novelist, or a scientist, and this book reflects that. I wanted more science, and more history, though I enjoyed the sketches of neurologic pain theory ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Melanie Thernstrom is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and the author of The Dead Girl and Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder.

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