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September 8, 1975

Pain Relief

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by John G. Hannington-Kiff, 178 pp, 25 illus, $15.50, Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1975.

JAMA. 1975;233(10):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260100082030

Pain: Research and Treatment, Further Observations From City of Hope Medical Center, by Benjamin L. Crue, Jr, 417 pp, with illus, $26, New York, Academic Press, 1975.

Pain Relief is an excellent primer and reference text for the practicing physician and should be of incalculable service in the management of obstinate pain problems. The volume consists of 178 pages broken up into 14 concise, inclusive, well-organized, and informative chapters. Each chapter concludes with a list of references and advice for further reading, making research efforts simple for the physician seeking in-depth knowledge.

Hannington-Kiff presents current views about pain relief, adequately discusses basic theories of pain, presents structural plans for the management of various types of "-algia" and concludes with a promising look at future directions of pain therapy. He discusses the technique of taking a proper and detailed pain history and rightfully emphasizes its importance. A step-by-step outline of the