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January 11, 2012

Essentials of Pain Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York (

JAMA. 2012;307(2):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1994

In their preface to this text, Honorio Benzon and colleagues state that “Once reliant on drugs that were ineffective or saddled with numerous side effects, we now employ drugs that are effective and have minimal side effects. The next few years will bring about the use of receptor-specific medications. . . . Today, the use of ultrasound is generating intense interest. . . . To the patient suffering from pain, there is continued hope.”

Essentials of Pain Medicine is able to engender that sense of hope in its readers. The editors have assembled an impressive list of 125 authors from academic, government, and private settings across the country. The text is divided into 9 sections: “Basic Considerations,” “Clinical Evaluation and Diagnostic Examinations,” “Pharmacology and Pharmacologic Modalities,” “Therapeutic Interventions,” “Perioperative Pain Management,” “Chronic Pain Syndromes,” “Interventional Techniques for Pain Management,” “Cancer Pain,” and “Nerve Blockade.”

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