September 12, 1942


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By Thomas Lewis, M.D., F.R.S., Physician in Charge of Department of Clinical Research, University College Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 192, with 27 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1942.

JAMA. 1942;120(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370076034

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This book is an up to date treatise on pain. It is written clearly and contains a tremendous amount of factual information based almost exclusively on work in the human being. It consists of fifteen chapters on pain sensitive tissues, the anatomic basis of pain, types of pain, two systems of pain nerves in the skin, erythralgia, nocifensor tenderness, cutaneous tenderness and nerve injuries, pain and tenderness in ischemic muscle, excitants of pain nerves, referred pain, referred manifestations of somatic and visceral origin compared, pain of visceral disease, tenderness and rigidity in visceral disease, source of pain and associated reflexes in visceral disease, and principles in the clinical use of pain. There is a good bibliography, although the author has omitted several convincing contributions discussing pain, the experimental work having been done on animals. This book should be in the hands of all neurologists, neurosurgeons, general surgeons, internists and neurophysiologists.

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