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The June and July 1977 issues of our sister journal, Archives of Surgery, present a worthwhile and readable Symposium on Pain. Dr John Bonica, director of the University of Washington's renowned Pain Clinic, gathered ten authoritative papers that consider pain, particularly chronic pain, from several perspectives.
Scientific foundations of the physiology, pathology, and psychology of pain show us how little still we really know about pain and how far we have to go yet. Articles cataloging progress in the management of chronic pain problems range from discussions of drugs and surgery to nerve blocks, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and biofeedback. Throughout, the psychologic aspects of the patient suffering from long-standing pain are considered in a detached yet humane fashion.
Though addressed to physicians in the surgical specialties, this symposium will have much to offer other readers; after all, pain is one of the most common symptoms that brings the patient to
de Jong RH. Pain Control. JAMA. 1977;238(4):342. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280040062028
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