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Needless Suffering
How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain
David Nagel, MD

University Press of New England



Contents

• Foreword
• Acknowledgments
• Prologue: The Forest for the Trees
• PART 1: POOR MAN, PAINED MAN
• A Young Doctor Transformed by a Man in Pain
• What Is Pain? Its Neurophysiology and Psychology: Chasing Two Moving Targets
• You
Do Have to Suffer . . . Just Not as Much as We Make You
• PART 2: THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
• The Patient: Making Lemonade When Stuck with a Lemon
• Family, Friends, and Community
• The Physician and the Pain Patient: Poorly Equipped for the Role?
• Regulatory Agencies and Pain Management: Overregulation Breeds Underregulation
• The Business of Health Care: Whose Bottom Line Are We Treating?
• The Workplace and Entitlements: Creating “Inability” out of “Disability”
• Health and Disability Insurance: The Law of Unintended Consequences
• The Legal System: Disorder in the Court!
• What It Means to “Do No Harm”: Is There a Safe Way to Medicate Pain?
• Opiates and Opioids
• Cannabinoids and Pain: Reefer Madness or Compassionate Care?
• Health-Care Reform and Chronic Pain: We All Have a Role to Play
• Epilogue: Living in the Forest
• Notes
• Index

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:58:59 -0500