October 1969

Diagnosis and Management of Pain Syndromes, ed 2.

Author Affiliations

Burlington, Vt


By Bernard E. Finneson, MD, FACS. Price, $12.50. Pp 337, with 207 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Co., 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(4):513-514. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300200125028

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It is very difficult to decide if this is a good book, a bad book or simply indifferent. One might say that it is a cook book disguised as a text book, but also one might ask, what kind of audience was anticipated?

Some of the material is excellent; many of the diagnostic and treatment measures are unquestionably well accepted (although understandably surgically oriented), and the many diagrams are extremely illustrative and helpful. On the other hand, there are a number of features which at best can be considered irritating to the average physician: there are too many pseudo-philosophical admonitions, some superfluous reminders of elementary facts of anatomy and physiology and principles of diagnosis and treatment, and it suggests some diagnostic and treatment methods which have not enjoyed general acceptance.

The explanations of some of the pathophysiologic mechanisms seem extraordinarily simplistic. The chapter, "The Psychology of Pain," which contains

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