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Feeling and Hurting - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121619220, 9781483276212

Feeling and Hurting

1st Edition

Editors: Edward C. Carterette Morton P. Friedman
eBook ISBN: 9781483276212
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th September 1978
Page Count: 362
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Handbook of Perception, Volume VIB: Feeling and Hurting, deals with the perceptual aspects of feeling and pain. The book opens with a discussion of the history of research on feeling. This is followed by separate chapters on the biophysics and psychophysics of feeling; phylogenetic development of feeling; and role of different cerebral structures in somesthetic perception. Subsequent chapters deal with concepts in pain research; the neural mechanisms of pain; perceptual aspects of pain; and human pathological pain.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



Part I. History of Research on Feeling

Chapter 1. History of Research on Feeling

I. Introduction

II. E. H. Weber (1795-1878)

III. M. Von Frey (1852-1932)

IV. Research on Warmth and Cold

V. Three Theories of Somesthesis

VI. Research on Touch

VII. Recent Directions in Research on Feeling


Part II. Biophysics, Neurophysiology, and Psychology of Feeling

Chapter 2. Biophysics and Psychophysics of Feeling

I. Tactile Sensitivity

II. Thermal Sensations

III. Proprioception


Chapter 3. Phylogenetic Development of Feeling

I. Evolutionary Development of Feeling

II. Conclusions and Comments


Chapter 4. The Role of Different Cerebral Structures in Somesthetic Perception

I. Physiological Considerations Based on Studies in Patients

II. Anatomical Considerations Based on Studies in the Monkey

III. Hemispheric Specialization in Normal Man

IV. Somesthetic Processing After Brain Bisection in Man

V. Somesthetic Processing After Cerebral Lesion in Man

VI. A Final Comment


Part III. History of Concepts in Research on Pain

Chapter 5. A Brief Historical Survey of Concepts in Pain Research

I. Introduction

II. Pain as Dysfunction

III. The Doctrine of Specific Nerve Energies

IV. Morphology of Pain Endings

V. Surgical Interruption

VI. Axon Size and the Concept of Specific Segregated Channels for Pain

VII. Protopathic-Nonspecific Concepts

VIII. Central Nociceptiye Action

IX. Pain Control

X. Summary


Part IV. Neurophysiology, Psychology, and Pathology of Pain

Chapter 6. Neural Mechanisms of Pain

I. Introduction

II. Peripheral Mechanisms

III. First Central Synapses

IV. The Ventrolateral (Spinothalamic) Pathway

V. Supraspinal Mechanisms

VI. Descending Influences

VII. Summary


Chapter 7. Psychological Dimensions and Perceptual Analyses, Including Pathologies of Pain

I. Introduction

II. Perceptual Parameters

III. Personality Parameters

IV. Pathologies of Pain

V. Conclusions


Chapter 8. The Hurtful World: Pathological Pain and Its Control

I. Introduction

II. Basic Considerations in the Study of Pathological Pain

III. Causes of Pain

IV. Some Chronic Pain Syndromes

V. Therapeutic Interruption of Pain Pathways

VI. Conservative Therapies for Pain

VII. Behavioral Therapies for Pain

VIII. Conclusions


Author Index

Subject Index


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Edward C. Carterette

Morton P. Friedman

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