This revised second edition of the book discusses new developments regarding understanding the causes of pain and its different treatments; the book explains the bases for many forms of treatment and management of pain and it discusses how effective different pain treatments are and the risk of side effects of many conventional treatments are discussed in detail including the importance of how treatments such as medications are administered. The second edition of this book on pain discusses many aspects of pain such as how pain can affect people, the cause and the treatment of many forms of pain including some new little kwn new treatments. Other parts of the book discusses little kwn effects of inflammation and the role of the immune system in many forms of pain including low back pain. The book provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and broad coverage of up-to-date kwledge about the anatomical and physiological bases for many forms of pain. The role of neuroplasticity in many forms of pain is discussed. The main types of pain -- pain that is caused by stimulation of pain receptors in rmal tissue (physiological pain) and pain that is caused by pathological processes and change in the function of the spinal cord and the brain (pathological pain)-- are discussed in separate Sections. The book is suitable for anybody interested in pain; a person who has pain will find information that may relate to his/her own pain. Pain is complex; it can be an adverse phemen that deserves treatment, but at the same time, some forms of pain are absolutely necessary for a rmal life. Pain is a fascinating yet frightening subject, from wherever and however it is viewed. It has emotional features and medical features. Pain can last a short time (acute pain) or it can last a long time (chronic pain). Understanding pain and its cause is both interesting and challenging. Pain is a self-experience, it cant be measured and it cant be seen or evaluated on MRI scans. Many people are afraid of pain; some are afraid of dying because they believe it will be painful. Pain in itself is t life threatening (except when it cases a person to commit suicide), but it decreases the quality of life. Some forms of pain may give pleasure to some individuals; it may have a role in sexual behavior. Some individuals with some diseases, such as autism, have an abrmal perception of pain. There are ample treatments available for acute pain but treatment of chronic pain and pain of kwn cause, especially, is challenging, but rewarding. Pain is t a sense like hearing and vision. Pain may be a symptom of a disease or a physical trauma, but the cause of many forms of pain is unkwn. Pain plays an important role in diagsis of many diseases but a patient's description of his/her pain can be complex and difficult to interpret. The book is derived from my many years of teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on the Biology of Pain in the Neuroscience Program of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. I still use the book as a text for my course.
Dr. Aage R. Moller has a medical degree (D. Med. Sci.) from the Karolinska Institut (School of Medicine) in Stockholm, Sweden where he spent 13 years in the position of Docent (Assistant Professor). He immigrated to the USA together with his wife, Margareta B. Moller, MD, D. Med. Sci. 1978, both to take positions at the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He later took a position at the Department of Neurological Surgery as (tenured) Professor of Neurosurgery. After 19 years at the University of Pittsburgh doing research and teaching he moved to Dallas, Texas to take a position at The University of Texas at Dallas where he had the Endowed Margret Fonde Jonsson Professorship in Cognition and Neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is now the Founders Professor of The University of Texas at Dallas and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in topics in neuroscience including Biology of Pain, Sensory Systems, Functional Human Neuroscience, Neural Plasticity and Disorders of the Nervous System and Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring. He has the title of Distinguished Lecturer in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Aage Moller is the (single) author of fifteen professional books on various topics in neuroscience. He is editor or co-editor of nine published books, author or co-author of 202 articles in refereed journals, and the author of 105 chapters in professional books. He is the founder of the international journal Hearing Research and he was editor-in-chief of the journal for 27 years (from 1978 to 2005). He is member of the editorial boards of several other international journals. He is now involved in research on tinnitus and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tinnitus Research Initiative Foundation, an international organization based in Regensburg, Germany, with an American branch based in Dallas, Texas.