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August 1992

Pain in Children: Nature, Assessment, and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Division of Neurology Developmental Psychobiology Section UCLA School of Medicine 10833 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024-1752

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(8):983-984. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160200105039

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In this comprehensive book, Patricia McGrath not only enlightens readers to the complex issues surrounding the assessment and treatment of children's pain, but also provides practical guidelines for both clinical practice and research. The major emphasis of this book is that pediatric pain assessment and intervention should be considered from a multidimensional and developmental perspective. The book is composed of 10 chapters, focusing on such topics as the nature of children's pain experiences, the nociceptive system, pain assessment, and methods of intervention. The material in each chapter is detailed, comprehensive, presented clearly, and supplemented with appropriate illustrative examples, often from the author's clinical and research experience. The chapters contain summaries of the presented material, which are integrated in a meaningful fashion with recommendations or guidelines when appropriate.

In the first chapter, the reader is nicely introduced to the complexities of understanding, assessing, and treating children's pain. McGrath provides a

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