I can't begin to describe all that's in this book! The subtitle really sums it up: cures, myths, mysteries, prayers, diaries (which struck me s a really great idea), brain scans, healing (I could only wish!), and "the science of suffering" (which, of course, is not a science at all) - and, as they say on "as seen on TV" ads, "and much much more!!"
A great deal that's informative, interesting, even philosophical. The outline is a chronicle of the author's own experience with chronic pain, which forms a framework - or "skeleton" might be a more apt metaphor - from which she hangs various forays into different aspects of pain, suffering, pain management, social aspects of pain, history of pain, impact of pain on the execution of one's days and one's life, evolution of pain in a sufferer's life, anatomy/physiology/chemistry of pain, philosophy, all else that is detailed in the aforementioned subtitle, and probably "much much more" not coming to mind at the moment
The book is elegantly read by Laural Merlington. The intimacy with which she reads the material makes you want to double-check that she is not actually the author.
There is so much good, usable info here that I want ready access to, that I'm going to get a hard copy of this book. If you have been grappling with pain - chronic pain, cancer pain, whatever form of pain that's plaguing you - please get this book!! You need it!! And I WOULD in fact recommend at least starting with this audio version for an initial reading. And... good luck to you!
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