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Article
April 3, 1967

Pain

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Ky

 

edited by Robert S. Knighton and Paul R. Dumke (Henry Ford Hospital International Symposium, Detroit, Oct 21, 22, 23, 1964), 587 pp, 192 illus, $17.50, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;200(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140145050

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Abstract

Reflecting careful planning, an imposing list of contributors immediately prepares the reader for an authoritative and fresh look at a multifaceted subject, pain. Few symposia have produced as much information.

Forty-one papers are grouped by subject into six sections. The opening section deals with anatomical substrata for pain perception. Among other papers, an anatomico-clinical study of 74 cordotomies by Nathan and Smith will particularly interest surgeons. Contributors to the next section, parameters of pain and analgesia, consider narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics—their site and mode of action, their assay in animals and in man, their use in the control of pain, and determination of drug dependence and dependence liability.

A separate section concerns operative techniques for the relief of pain arising in the body. Noordenbos ascribes recurrence of pain after cordotomy to a multisynaptic afferent system for pain conduction. Advocates of thoracic, high cervical, and percutaneous cordotomy discuss each procedure and

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