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"This publication by IASP Press provides readers with a comprehensive update on chronic pain and its multiple interactions with medical comorbidities. The editors are leading experts in complex pain states, such as neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and headache, and the contributing authors have a range of expertise that spans from basic science research to clinical aspects of pain, including related physiotherapy and psychology considerations. … In summary, this is an excellent textbook that provides an in-depth review of complex pain states with a focus on patients with coexisting diseases. The information is novel and up-to-date and provides clinicians with a holistic approach to the management of pain patients with extensive comorbidities."
Akilan Velayudhan, MBBS, 2013, Can J Anesth.
"This book sets out to offer an in-depth analysis of complex clinical situations involving multiple concurrent diseases. As with most other clinical entities, pain rarely presents on its own, but is clouded by multiple other diagnoses. The first section of the book describes the epidemiological relation between pain and non-pain comorbidities and the possible genetic, hormonal, immunological and psychological links. The second section explores the interaction between pain and conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and a range of other visceral disorders. The last section discusses implications for treatment and management. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach is emphasised, and includes pharmacological, physical and psychological therapies. This book will be of use and interest to those specialising in the management of chronic pain."
Roger Woodruff, March 2013, IAHPC Newsletter
"Attempts to reduce chronic pain to single parts of the body, to single genes, or single environmental factors, have failed. Pain is an emergent phenomenon: it emerges in a constellation of multiple factors. The book very successfully explores the relationships between many of these factors – genes, hormones, nerves, emotional states, mindframes. It makes an enormous effort to understand the difficulty of the individual patient addressing the B (‘biological’) and the P (‘psychological’) in the BPS (‘biopsychosocial’) model of pain."
Jens Foell, International Musculoskeletal Medicine, 2013.
"This expansive and well-illustrated book reviews the clinical presentation and management of interactions among diverse medical conditions, including myofascial pain, headache, fibromyalgia, visceral pain, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, low back pain, obesity, depression, and anxiety. The editors have carefully assembled a collection of evidence-based articles examining the nature, modalities of diagnosis, and treatment of complex clinical situations involving multiple concurrent diseases and their overall influence on the experience of pain."
Stewart B. Leavitt, February 2013, pain-topics.org