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TitlePain [electronic resource] : New Perspectives in Therapy and Research / edited by Matisyohu Weisenberg, Bernard Tursky
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1976
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Descript VIII, 232 p. online resource


With the growing realization that pain and its control are vital areas for both theoretical and practical research as well as clinical treatment has come the desire for an assessment of the state-of-the-art. Pain research by itself is not new. Yet, approaches to the study and control of pain are new. This book is based upon a symposium-workshop on the study and control of pain that took place at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advanceยญ ment of Science, January, 1975. It was destgned to deal with a number of theoretical and clinical issues. We atยญ tempted to assess previous years of research, how conceptions of pain phenomena have changed and what are some of the gaps in our knowledge. Presentations were also geared to show our increased methodological sophistication. Clinically, we have also changed our treatment conceptualization of pain control. We have not merely added a few "tricks" to deal with pain. Entirely new approaches are now available. Viewยญ ing pain as a public health problem we find many areas of needed research that should be directed toward the epidemioยญ logy of pain, the reduction of fear of obtaining health care, and unmet treatment needs. Obviously, this book cannot provide full, comprehensive treatment of all the issues involved. It can, however, proยญ vide the reader with an understanding of the current, major thrusts, new research and treatment goals in pain control


1. Organization and Function of a Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic -- 2. Behavioral Techniques in the Control of Pain: A Case for Health Maintenance vs. Disease Treatment -- 3. Pain Control as a Multidisciplinary Problem -- 4. Acupuncture Analgesia: A Six-Factor Theory -- 5. A Clinical View of the Effectiveness of Hypnosis in Pain Control -- 6. Psychophysiological Rationale for the Application of Biofeedback in the Alleviation of Pain -- 7. Long-term Evaluation of Conservative Treatment for Myofascial Pain-Dysfunction Syndrome -- 8. Pain Control as a Factor in Preventive Health Care -- 9. Teaching Behavioral Pain Control to Health Professionals -- 10. Pain: Past, Present, and Future -- 11. Pain in Peripheral Neuropathy Related to Size and Rate of Fiber Degeneration -- 12. A Behavioral Animal Model for the Study of Pain Mechanisms in Primates -- 13. The Development of a Pain Perception Profile: A Psychophysical Approach -- 14. Pain Sensitivity and the Report of Pain: An Introduction to Sensory Decision Theory -- List of Authors

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