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April 27, 1994

Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants

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Hounslow, West London, England

JAMA. 1994;271(16):1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510400084043

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Pain has the mysterious power to overrule everything else in life. It can be a friend when it is a symptom of a disease and prompts a patient to see the doctor. It can be an enemy when it gets you down and makes life hell. There are two sides to every picture.

Paul Brand tells his life history and experiences with pain-afflicted patients in three countries—21 years in India, 25 years in England, and 27 years in the United States—and reveals both sides of pain. The first part of the book recounts Dr Brand's path into medicine, particularly his experiences in India in the colonial times. Part two is devoted to his career in pain, especially dealing with patients with leprosy. In part three, he becomes very philosophical and teaches how to manage pain. Coauthor Philip Yancey, appears to be a writer whose experiences or messages do not appear

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