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The Human Pain System

The Human Pain System
Experimental and Clinical Perspectives

  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521114523


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  • Pain is a subject of significant scientific and clinical interest. This has resulted both from realistic rodent models, and the publication of imaging, psychological and pharmacological studies in humans. Investigators studying rodents refer to anatomical and physiological studies in non-human primates to make their results relevant to humans. Psychophysical and pharmacological studies in humans are interpreted in terms of anatomical and physiological studies in animals; primarily evidence from rodents and cats. There are significant differences in pain mechanisms between these species and primates. Over 20 years of imaging studies have demonstrated the activation of human cortical and subcortical structures in response to painful stimuli. Interpretation of these results relies upon an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of these structures in primates. Jones, Lenz, Casey and Willis review the anatomy and physiology of nociception in monkeys and humans, and provide a firm basis for interpreting studies in humans.

    • A review of the anatomy and physiology of nociception provide a firm basis for interpreting pain mechanism studies in humans
    • Findings derived from the newest anatomical, physiological and functional imaging techniques in humans and primates provides latest information relating to the human pain system
    • Experimental work on primates provides details of the organization of the human nervous system
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    '… good quality paper and multiple images and figures … inviting to read. …would I recommend this book as a valuable addition to your book shelf? In my opinion this is a definite YES. definitely good value for money … the knowledge in this book will not date quickly. It is a fundamental reference book that comprehensively covers knowledge about pain processing to date. It will act as the corner stone from which understanding of emerging evidence about the pain pathways can be developed as new literature is published.' Perception

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521114523
    • length: 648 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical review of studies of pain in primates
    2. Nociceptors, spinal pathways, brainstem and forebrain terminations
    3. Physiology of cells of origin of spinal and brainstem pathways
    4. Physiology of forebrain pain-related structures
    5. Imaging of sensory and affective components of acute pain
    6. Pain modulatory systems including ascending and descending connections
    7. Peripheral and central manifestations and mechanisms of chronic pain and sensitization
    8. Imaging of sensory and affective components of chronic pain and sensitization
    9. Functional implications of spinal and forebrain procedures for the treatment of chronic pain

  • Authors

    Frederick A. Lenz, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Edward G. Jones is the director of the Center for Neuroscience and distinguished professor of psychiatry at UC Davis in California. He is a Past President of the Society for Neuroscience and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the Committee representing the US on the International Brain Research Organisation. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes. Professor Jones is an authority on brain anatomy and recognized as a leading researcher on the fundamental central nervous mechanisms underlying perception and cognition. He is also a distinguished historian of neuroscience.

    Kenneth L. Casey, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Fred A. Lenz is A. Earl Walker Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where he maintains a practice in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery. He has served on numerous study sections of the NIH and NAS, and on seven editorial boards. He has won the Grass Foundation Career Research Award of the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

    Edward G. Jones, University of California, Davis
    William D. Willis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch. He has been President of the American Pain Society and of the Society for Neuroscience, Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology and the Journal of Neuroscience. He has received the Kerr Memorial Award from the APS, the Bristol Myers Squibb Award, the Purdue Prize for Pain Research and the J. E. Purkinjie Honorary Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences. He has been named one of the world's most highly cited authors (top 0.5%) by the Institute of Scientific Information.

    William D. Willis, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
    Kenneth L. Casey is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, an elected member of the American Neurological Association, a Lifetime Honorary and Founding Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and a Founding Member and Past President of the American Pain Society. Dr Casey's awards and lectureships include the F. W. L. Kerr Lectureship and Award from the APS. Dr Casey was among the first to investigate human pain with functional brain imaging.

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