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Psychological Methods of Pain Control: 


Basic Science and Clinical Perspectives


       Progress in Pain Research and Management, Vol. 29

Editors: Donald D. Price and M. Catherine Bushnell

2004 · Hardbound · 308 pages · 38 figures · ISBN 0-931092-52-3

        Price: US$63.00 (US$51.00 for IASP members)


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Remarkable progress has been made in understanding both the psychological factors that influence pain, including attention, emotions and expectation, and psychological methods of pain control, such as hypnosis. This progress has several sources, including improved designs of both experimental and clinical studies and the interface of brain imaging with thoughtful questions. We have learned that pain can be powerfully influenced by addressing factors that pertain to the patients’ perception of treatments. This book explains fundamental principles underlying the psychological control of pain. Understanding these principles fulfills an important need for those seeking a scientific understanding of pain control, as well as for those who treat pain patients.

Part I: General Mechanisms of Pain Modulation

1. Overview of Pain Dimensions and Their Psychological Modulation.
Donald D. Price and M. Catherine Bushnell

2. Psychological and Demographic Factors that Modulate the Different Stages and Dimensions of Pain

    Joseph L. Riley III and James B. Wade

3. Preclinical Studies of Pain Modulation: Lessons Learned from Animals

    Barton H. Manning

4. Strategies to Decrease Pain and Minimize Disability

    Patricia A. McGrath and Lauren A. Dade


Part II: Modulation of Pain by Attention, Cognitive Factors, and Emotions

5. Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Studies of Pain Modulation by Attention

    M. Catherine Bushnell, Chantal Villemure, and Gary H. Duncan

6. Pain and Emotions. Pierre Rainville

7. Environmental and Learning Factors in the Development of Chronic Pain and Disability

    Steven J. Linton


Part III: Modulation of Pain by Placebos

8. Neural Mechanisms of Placebo-Induced Analgesia. Antonella Pollo and Fabrizio Benedetti

9. The Placebo in Clinical Studies and in Medical Practice. Luana Colloca and Fabrizio Benedetti

10. The Contribution of Changes in Expected Pain Levels and Desire for Pain Relief to Placebo Analgesia. Lene Vase, Donald D. Price, G. Nicholas Verne, and Michael E. Robinson


Part IV: Modulation of Pain by Hypnosis

11. The Neurophenomenology of Hypnosis and Hypnotic Analgesia.

    Pierre Rainville and Donald D. Price

12. Hypnotic Analgesia: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications. Joseph Barber


2004 · Hardbound · 308 pages · 38 figures · ISBN 0-931092-52-3
Price:  US$63.00 (US$51.00 for IASP members

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