International Association for the Study of Pain    IASP Press

Progress in Pain Research and Management, Vol. 13

Patrick J. McGrath and G. Allen Finley
1999 hardbound 288 pages ISBN 0-931092-27-2 Special Price: US$40.00 
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Chronic and Recurrent Pain in Children and Adolescents provides in-depth reviews of important issues relating to chronic pain in children. Topics range from basic neurophysiology to clinical diagnosis and treatment. The contributors emphasize scientific evidence and clinical applications, making the text invaluable to those working in the fields of children's pain or developmental aspects of pain mechanisms.

Like its companion volume, Measurement of Pain in Infants and Children, this book brings together internationally recognized researchers and clinicians. It documents the proceedings of the second biennial International Forum on Pediatric Pain, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in September 1998.

Distinguished international experts detail the research from neuroscience, pharmacology, and clinical studies that bear on the development and treatment of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Following a brief introduction, the early chapters review the neurophysiology and examine the behavioral neuroscience of pain in the developing organism. A discussion of the impact of early pain experience in humans completes the picture.

Later chapters by leading clinician-scientists review the data on chronic and recurrent pain syndromes, detailing mechanisms and treatments. Each chapter succinctly and provocatively provides the reader with a state-of-the-art review of what is known and what needs to be learned. Chapters on gender issues and the pharmacotherapy of long-term pain complete the volume.

Table of Contents

Chronic and Recurrent Pain. Patrick J. McGrath and G. Allen Finley
Mechanisms of Chronic Pain and the Developing Nervous System. 
Anthony H. Dickenson and Wahida Rahman
Effects of Early Pain Experience: Lessons from Rodent Models of Newborn Pain. 
Heather Schellinck and K.J.S. Anand
Effects of Early Pain Experience: The Human Literature. Anna Taddio
Neuropathic Pain in Children. Gunnar L. Olsson
The Management of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease. Neil Schechter
Recurrent Headaches in Children and Adolescents. Bo Larsson
The Evolution of Research on Recurrent Abdominal Pain: History, Assumptions, and a Conceptual Model. 
Lynn S. Walker
Musculoskeletal Pain. Patrick J. McGrath and Lynn Breau
Gender Variation in Children’s Pain Experiences. Anita Unruh and Mary Ann Campbell
Pharmacotherapy in Long-Term Pain: Current Experience and Future Direction. Navil K. Sethna
From the editors of
Measurement of Pain in Infants and Children

[Publisher’s note: The editors’ third volume, Acute and Procedure Pain in Children, is scheduled for publication in July 2001.]


This is the second collaboration of two editors who coedited the excellent companion volume, Measurement of Pain in Infants and Children ... The authors and editors are to be congratulated for their recent references and acknowledgment of the limitations of the evidence for their practice. 
The final chapter on pharmacotherapy reviews the recent literature and the authors’ experience with adjuvant drugs including antidepressants and anticonvulsants.
While not specifically addressing any neurosurgical procedures, this book may be of some use to the pediatric neurosurgeon collaborating with a multidisciplinary team managing chronic pediatric pain syndromes. Pediatric Neurosurgery  

Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and gives a concise overview of the subject under the headings aetiology, factors affecting the disease process, treatment and outcome ...
Each chapter is concise, well written and extensively indexed. Gunnar Olsson’s chapter on neuropathic pain particularly stands out, containing good clinical advice on how to deal with the problems. [O]verall this is an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone whose practice involves managing pain in children. British Journal of Anaesthesia

The authors and editors are to be congratulated for their recent references and acknowledgment of the limitations of the evidence for their practice.. Large pediatric outcome studies justifying clinical practice in these challenging and unique populations are often not available. The authors do an excellent job of integrating adult data and experience with the pediatric experience.
This book should be read by those involved in pediatric pain management or research. This volume is an excellent collection of current references and valuable clinical opinion by experts in this field. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

This volume is the latest in a series published by IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) Press. As such, it enjoys the imprimatur of this international multidiscliplinary body. [T]he editors, Patrick McGrath and G. Allen Finley, are well known within paediatric pain circles.
The contributing authors come from the basic sciences, anaesthesia, paediatrics and psychology, from eastern North America and from Europe.
All these chapters are well-written, and the recurring emphasis on non-physical aspects is valuable and reflects the professional slant of the contributors. The book will be of most value to those practising in the area of paediatric chronic pain,although it could be a suitable acquisition for an anaesthetic department library in a teaching hospital. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

For the pain specialist, this volume provides current concepts and data about many of the unique aspects of chronic pain in people with immature nervous systems. Other articles and texts cover similar material in greater depth, but this is an excellent starting point. Contrary to the claim that the IASP definition of pain reflects a bias against children, this book is proof of the concern this organization has for those who do not possess adult cognitive skills. I recommend this book as a useful addition to pain specialists’ libraries. It will also be useful for primary care practitioners who treat children and their diseases. APS Bulletin

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