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Book and Media Reviews
December 17, 2008

Atlas of Uncommon Pain Syndromes

JAMA. 2008;300(23):2802-2803. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.797

Despite their undergoing comprehensive medical evaluations to discern common causes of pain, a minority of patients continue to experience unexplained and unrelenting pain disorders. The Atlas of Uncommon Pain Syndromes provides guidance for clinicians diagnosing and treating rare and occasionally mysterious symptoms. This book, along with the Atlas of Common Pain Syndromes, comprise 2 complementary texts by the distinguished pain medicine specialist Steven Waldman. The Atlas of Uncommon Pain Syndromes compiles synopses of 102 chronic pain conditions. Thirty-one of these chapters have been added since the first edition, published in 2003. Disorders presented include Ramsay Hunt syndrome as a basis for headache, suprascapular nerve entrapment as a source of shoulder pain, radiation enteritis as a cause of abdominal pain, and levator ani pain syndrome as an etiology for pelvic pain. There is some overlap of subject matter between the atlases. For example, both books discuss the syndromes of cervicothoracic interspinous bursitis, manubriosternal joint pain, jumper's knee, runner's knee, and pes anserine bursitis.