The editors have compiled formal presentations, commentaries, and postpresentation discussions of a group of prominent scientists and clinicians at the international symposium "Recent Progress on Pain Pathophysiology and Clinics" held in Florence, Italy, in April 1972.
The papers presented in this book reflect the impressive upsurge of interest in chronic pain as a major disease state during the past decade and contain the latest information on some basic aspects of pain, including neurophysiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and psychology. The clinical aspect of pain management deals primarily with diagnosis and application of some therapeutic tools, including systemic drugs, neurosurgical operations, nerve blocks, operant conditioning, and psychotherapy. The authors include in their presentations their vast personal clinical experiences on the diagnostic and therapeutic tools they have used, and share with the reader their successes and failures.
While the book is not designed to teach the reader how to perform analgesic blocks nor how