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A Nation in Pain

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Table of Contents

1. The Enormity of the Problem ; 2. What Is Pain, Anyway? ; 3. The Genetics of Pain ; 4. Gender and Pain ; 5. Children in Pain ; 6. The Mind-Body in Pain ; 7. Opioid Wars - Part I ; 8. Opioid Wars - Part II - Proposed Solutions ; 9. How the Immune System Cranks Up Pain ; 10. Marijuana - The Weed America Loves to Hate ; 11. Beyond Opioids - Western Medicine ; 12. Beyond Opioids - Complementary and Alternative Medicine ; 13. Exercise - The Real Magic Bullet ; 14. The Way Forward

About the Author

Judy Foreman is a nationally syndicated health columnist who has won more than 50 journalism awards and whose columns have appeared regularly in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and other national and international outlets. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, served in the Peace Corps in Brazil for three years, and received a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From 2000 to 2001, she was a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. From 2001 to 2004, she was a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has also been the host of a weekly, call-in radio show on Healthtalk.com.


I cannot call it a standard text book of pain, I cannot call it a book of fiction . . . it is in a true sense a call from the heart, impelling not only the caregivers and the policymakers but also the sufferers of chronic pain along with their near and dear ones, to acknowledge the profundity of such pain and find a reasonable solution to this humongous problem, now considered even larger than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined, in present-day America. * British Journal of Anaesthesia * This work is thoughtful and thought-provoking reading for the medical community, policymakers, and patients, especially in light of the F.D.A's recent call for tightening regulations in the administering of pain medications. * Publisher's Weekly *

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