The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom audiobook

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

By Melanie Thernstrom
Read by Laural Merlington

Tantor Audio 9780865476813

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200104383

  • ISBN: 9798200104376

  • ISBN: 9798200104390

Runtime: 11.52 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas that prevent proper treatment, to devastating effect. In The Pain Chronicles, a singular and deeply humane work, 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-edge pain clinics and medical research, and insights from a wide range of disciplines—science, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art—Thernstrom shows that when dealing with pain we are neither as advanced as we imagine nor as helpless as we may fear.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rarely has a single book so intelligently illuminated a universal human experience. Jerome Groopman, author of the New York Times bestseller How Doctors Think

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Author

Author Bio: Melanie Thernstrom

Author Bio: Melanie Thernstrom

Melanie Thernstrom is the author of the bestselling memoir The Dead Girl and Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and has also written for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 11.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English