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Pain and its control

Henry McQuay

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.0007

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Pain and its control

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The origin, transmission, and reception of chronic pain is not easy to understand

The perception of pain is altered by mood and itself alters mood. There is, therefore, a close link between chronic pain and depression

Although pain is subjective, pain scales and diaries can be used to provide reproducible measures of pain

The choice of method of pain control is not simply a ladder. New stronger agents need to be added in, not substituted for weaker ones

Neuropathic pain will require unconventional analgesics in combination.

Chapter.  3091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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