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This pocket-sized book has been designed for a minority of practitioners, regardless of specialty. Nerve Block for Common Pain has greater potential utility for the family physician or the internist than it does for the neurologist or the anesthesiologist, who would choose to rely on more comprehensive texts.
Although organized around five chapters, the contents of the book are devoted to just two themes: pain theory and pain management with nerve blocks. The theoretical section is rather basic in its approach and covers the gate control theory; distinctions between acute and chronic pain; and concepts of placebo, disability, malingering, and behavioral, pharmacologic, and anesthetic approaches to therapy. Regrettably, cancer pain is not mentioned. These topics are presented in a brief, understandable way and, while they are referenced, the author's personal philosophy and bias are apparent throughout. The questions raised are interesting, and the author provides support from the literature for
Patt RB. Nerve Block for Common Pain. Arch Neurol. 1992;49(1):16. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530250020006