The mechanisms underlying the various forms of neuropathic pain are explored by leading experts in the field. The reviews provide state-of-the-art knowledge in pain research from the molecular and cellular level up to imaging of pain in the human cortex and to the perception of pain. In a truly interdisciplinary approach pain researchers and pain therapists give insights into the latest developments in the field. Some symptoms of neuropathic pain can now be understood at the molecular level, e.g. by modifications in the subunit composition of sodium channels or by the molecular properties of the vanilloid receptor. Synaptic mechanisms similar to those involved in learning and memory formation have now been discovered in pain pathways and real-time images of brain activity in human patients give novel insights into the differential processing of sensory-discriminative versus emotional-aversive aspects of pain.
This volume also documents another remarkable achievement in pain research during the past decade: The development of a common language and the assimilation of scientific concepts across disciplines. When reading the contributions, it becomes clear that new concepts and ideas developed in one arena of pain research have had impact on concepts and hypotheses important to other fields of pain research. Much of the foundation on which future pain research will rest is described in this volume. Numerous cross-references between the chapters and a detailed subject index make this book highly accessible to the reader.
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@from:P.J. Siddall @qu:...This is a high quality book which is an excellent resource for anyone who has an interest in pain medicine and neuroscience. It brings together the latest authoritative thinking on a defining concept in the way that we approach pain. ...I would highly recommend its purchase by libraries which serve either clinicians or scientists in this field. @source:Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, University of Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Institute of Physiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
Department of Pharmacology, The University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, USA