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 - 432 pages
8 Reviews

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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User Review  - gratefulyoga - LibraryThing

The story of a woman's journey to discover the cause of her own chronic pain, and a history of pain itself - how it has been explained and treated through history. Sympathetic insight for the healthy and the healers. Comfort and revelation for those suffering from chronic pain themselves. Read full review

Interesting and informative

User Review  - cusi66 - Overstock.com

This book was as enlightening as it was interesting. If you or someone close to you is living with chronic pain this is well worth reading. Read full review

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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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