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Book and Media Reviews
March 14, 2012

Central Pain Syndrome: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and 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 (

JAMA. 2012;307(10):1087-1088. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.273

With Central Pain Syndrome, Sergio Canavero and Vincenzo Bonicalzi have produced a unique text on central pain. It contains one of the most extensive catalogs of studies on the subject available to researchers and clinicians today. The book creates a framework for understanding central pain and culminates with a discussion of the “attractor dynamic reverberation theory,” which the authors claim will “[offer] a definitive cure and [do] away with all competing theories.”

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