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May 14, 2003

Topics in Pain TreatmentTopics in Pain Treatment

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(18):2361-2362. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2361-a

To the Editor: Dr Sternberg1 described one of the chapters in Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians as "much too brief for the reader to develop a practical medical strategy to deal with the myriad symptoms in the patient with advanced cancer. . . . " As the author of that chapter, it seems to me that Sternberg expected every chapter to be the final authority on its respective subject, and thus he failed to grasp the book's intent. In his editor's note, Richard S. Weiner explained that his purpose was not to write another medical textbook, but rather to bring together multidisciplinary concepts of pain management.