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Chronic pain disorders have become epidemic, affecting the daily lives of millions of Americans. Within the medical profession, pain remains an illusive creature, impossible to measure except by patient report and refractory to a host of medical, surgical, and psychological therapies. Hendler's book appears to be a welcomed addition to the sparse literature on clinical management of diffcult pain problems.
Three important messages are given at the beginning: It is futile to delineate real (organic) versus imagined (functional) pain; pain, like schizophrenia, is a multifaceted disorder with a myriad of subtypes within the broader diagnosis; and, since it is absurd
Diagnosis and Nonsurgical Management of Chronic Pain.. Ann Intern Med. ;96:131. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-1-131_6
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(1):131.
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