Pain is an unpleasant sensation. It is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.
Pain is part of the body's defense system: it triggers mental problem-solving strategies that seek to end the painful experience, and it promotes learning, making repetition of the painful situation less likely. The nociceptive system transmits signals that usually trigger the sensation of pain, it is a critical component of the body's ability to react to damaging stimuli and it is part of a rapid-warning relay instructing the central nervous system to initiate reactions for minimizing injury.
This new book presents the latest research in the field from around the globe.
Table of Contents:
Commentary A - Focus on Migraine Disorder Research; pp. 1-5
Commentary B - Homocysteine and Possible Link in Migraine Pathologies; pp.
(Francesco di Sabato, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Headache Center, Univ. "La Sapienza", Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy)
Research and Review Studies
Chapter I - Spinal Cord Stimulation- Mechanisms and Clinical Application; pp.
(Milan P. Stojanovic, Interventional Pain Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School)
Chapter II - The Role of Thalamic Nucleus Submedius and Ventrolateral Orbital
Cortex in Modulation of Nociception; pp. 25-69
(Jing-Shi Tang, Yu-Feng Xie, Fu-Quan Huo, Key Laboratory of Environment and Genes Related to Diseases, The People's Republic of China)
Chapter III - Women Developing and Maintaining Fibromyalgia: Qualitatively
and Quantitatively Appearing Dissociative adn Self-Loading Psychological Patterns;
(Kerstin Wentz, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Molndal, Sweden, Christopher Lindberg, Dept. of Neurology, Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Molndal, Sweden, Annika Dahlgren-Sandberg, Dept. of Psychology, Goteborg Univ., Sweden)
Chapter IV - Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Fibromyalgia;
(Ignacio Blanco, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Hospital Valle del Nalon, Spain)
Chapter V - Multimodel Treatment of Chronified, Non Malignant Pain and its
Influence on Pain Behavior, Social and Psychological Aspects; pp. 151-174
(Andreas W. Schiesser, Sigmund Freud Univ. Vienna, Vienna, Austria, Sabine M. Katzenschlager, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care B, Outpatient Pain Center, Univ. of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)
Chapter VI - A Member of the Painful Lipo(Mato)sis Family?;
(Helge Stormorken, Frank Brosstad, Institute for Research in Internal Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Henrich Sommerschild)