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

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

Melanie Thernstrom


Each people will understand actual ache in our lives, yet none people understands whilst it's going to come or how lengthy it's going to remain. at the present time up to 10 percentage of the inhabitants of the U.S. suffers from power soreness. it's extra frequent, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any significant sickness. whereas fresh learn has proven that soreness produces pathological alterations to the mind and spinal wire, many medical professionals and sufferers nonetheless exertions less than faulty cultural notions and outmoded clinical dogmas that hinder right remedy, to devastating effect.

In The ache Chronicles, a novel and deeply humane paintings, Melanie Thernstrom strains conceptions of ache in the course of the ages—from historic Babylonian pain-banishing spells to trendy mind imaging—to display the elusive, mysterious nature of soreness itself. Interweaving first-person reflections on her personal conflict with power soreness, incisive reportage from modern ache clinics and clinical learn, and insights from a variety of disciplines—science, historical past, faith, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art—Thernstrom indicates that once facing soreness we're neither as complicated as we think nor as helpless as we may perhaps fear.

Both a private meditation and an highbrow exploration, The discomfort Chronicles illuminates and is sensible of the all-too-human event of pain—and confronts with awesome grace and empathy its odd qualities, its harrowing results, and its a number of antidotes.

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