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May 26, 1956

The Management of Pain in Cancer

JAMA. 1956;161(4):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040094023

This monograph has eight contributors who, with the editor, have prepared seven chapters. Each chapter deals with a different approach to therapy. The analgesics are discussed in the first chapter, which lists those in common use with a brief pharmacological discussion and mention of their undesirable effects. There follows a chapter on nerve blocks, with illustrations and brief descriptions of techniques and indications. Neurosurgical management with nerve section, chordotomy, leukotomy, and palliative operations is described briefly with indications. A further chapter concerns general surgery. Humoral and chemical palliation and radiation therapy are the subjects of other special chapters. The volume is completed with a discussion of the psychological aspects of the subject. The editor states "The aim of the book is to guide the family physician." It has succeeded in its purpose, in that it is a guide to this complex problem. It will not interest the specialist or those

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