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"Most of the essays discuss the current understanding of the neurobiology, neurochemistry, and genetics of pain mechanisms, especially pertaining to persistent pain. However, there are also several essays highlighting topics of economic, political, and ethical significance beyond the field of pain that ultimately impact current and future acute and chronic pain management approaches and resources internationally. … This is an excellent book for researchers, clinicians, and members of the general medical community to review the wide range of developments at the vanguard of pain mechanisms and pain management."
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2010; 57:955. Reviewed by Brenda Lau, MD
"The whole book is an excellent source of information on different pain issues. It’s not a textbook, but a discussion of issues that matter in chronic pain going forward."
Doody's Book Review Service (Score: 94/100, 4/5 stars), Sept. 11, 2009, reviewed by Tariq M. Malik, MD
"This book consists of 17 essays derived from invited plenary lectures at the 12th World Congress on Pain in Glasgow in August 2008. Each essay is appropriately illustrated with figures (some in color) and tables and a thorough bibliography. The book is dedicated to the late Mitchell Max, whose lecture (and the included essay) on the importance of genome-wise association studies was one of the highlights of the meeting. The majority of the essays highlight basic science topics, but important clinical topics such as the validity of randomized clinical trials and pain in the developing world are also included. This book is a marker of the progress in some of the sciences that underlie pain research and management. Our field continues to develop and IASP compiles an exciting array of lecturers for its Congress."
APS Bulletin, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2009, Reviewed by John D. Loeser, MD
"This is not a traditional proceedings book, but rather a collection of reviews written by experts who are invited to give plenary and distinguished lectures at the 12th World Congress on Pain. A wide variety of topics is covered, from the neurochemistry and neurobiology of pain, to the role of stress in chronic pain. Several chapters reach beyond the traditional areas of pain research, into areas such as pain and suffering following torture, the external validity of clinical trials, and pain management in the developing world. Some other specific subjects examined include the role played by spinal systems in the encoding of nociceptive information, moving pain genetics into the genome-wide association era, lessons learned from fibromyalgia and related conditions on the relationship between stress and pain, and quality improvement and evolving research in pediatric pain management and palliative care. The audience for the book includes researchers, clinicians, and members of the general medical community."
SciTech Book News, Sept. 2009 (Annotation © Book News Inc., Portland, OR,
"The book represents an update on current developments, insights and hypotheses in this field. While the recommended readership includes researchers, clinicians, and members of the general medical community, it will also be of interest to some patients."
International Painful Bladder Foundation Newsletter, Oct. 2009 (full text at