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Book and Media Reviews
July 6, 2011

Essentials of Pain Management

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York (devichechi@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.932

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it. This you have the power to revoke at any time.—Marcus Aurelius

Essentials of Pain Management thus quotes Aurelius, the emperor and philosopher noted for his equanimity in the face of increasing conflict, to highlight the subjectivity of pain. The book skillfully explains how to use evidence-based guidelines to tailor individualized treatment plans. Editors Nalini Vadivelu, Richard Urman, and Roberta Hines assembled more than 75 contributors from the United States, United Kingdom, and India to develop this stimulating text. The editors have divided the text into 8 sections incorporating brief discussions of anatomy and physiology, clinical principles, and acute pain management, as well as more extensive explorations of the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of acute and chronic pain.

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