Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain by David NagelNeedless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain by David Nagel

Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain

byDavid Nagel

Paperback | July 5, 2016

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A fascinating and disturbing assessment of the failure of healthcare professionals and others to help people with chronic pain
DR. DAVID NAGEL specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management at Concord Orthopaedics (New Hampshire). He is a member of the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) and serves as New Hampshire representative to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He lives in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
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Title:Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic PainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Forest for the Trees
PART 1: POOR MAN, PAINED MAN
A Young Doctor Transformed by a Man in Pain
What Is Pain? Its Neurophysiology and Psychology: Chasing Two Moving Targets
You Do Have to Suffer . . . Just Not as Much as We Make You
PART 2: THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
The Patient: Making Lemonade When Stuck with a Lemon
Family, Friends, and Community
The Physician and the Pain Patient: Poorly Equipped for the Role?
Regulatory Agencies and Pain Management: Overregulation Breeds Underregulation
The Business of Health Care: Whose Bottom Line Are We Treating?
The Workplace and Entitlements: Creating “Inability” out of “Disability”
Health and Disability Insurance: The Law of Unintended Consequences
The Legal System: Disorder in the Court!
What It Means to “Do No Harm”: Is There a Safe Way to Medicate Pain?
Opiates and Opioids
Cannabinoids and Pain: Reefer Madness or Compassionate Care?
Health-Care Reform and Chronic Pain: We All Have a Role to Play
Epilogue: Living in the Forest
Notes
Index

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A fascinating and disturbing assessment of the failure of healthcare professionals and others to help people with chronic pain“David Nagel has written a refreshingly honest account of his experience treating his patients’ pain within the larger context of the health-care system, the legal system, disability and insurance, the regulatory environment, and the business of health-care from his unique perspective as a pain physician . . . David Nagel’s compassion and sincere desire to alleviate human suffering will leave a lasting impression on his readers.” - Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, U.S. Pain Foundation