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October 17, 2001

PainPractical Management of Pain Bonica's Management of Pain

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Practical Management of Pain edited by P. Prithvi Raj, 3rd ed, 1070 pp, with illus, $160, ISBN 0-8151-2569-0, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 2000.


Bonica's Management of Pain edited by John D. Loeser, 3rd ed, 2178 pp, with illus, $259, ISBN 0-683-30462-3, Hagerstown, Md, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(15):1906-1907. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1906-JBK1017-4-1

The first pain management textbook was written by Dr John J. Bonica in 1953 at a time when a single, talented person could cover the biological, scientific, psychological, and medical essence of the subject. Bonica has made pain the target of scientific and technological consideration and research. With time, more and more people in different professions have shown interest in the treatment of pain and have been instrumental in professional development, resulting in the need for additional textbooks on the subject. In the mid-1980s, new textbooks edited by P. Prithvi Raj and by Patrick D. Wall and Ronald Melzack were published, and the second edition of Bonica's text appeared. These three texts have become the cornerstone references of the field.

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