People in pain, writes Dr. David Nagel, are the poor of the medical world. Like the poor, they are stigmatized and left at the mercy of powerful social actors who tend to work in their own self-interest, frequently at the expense of those they propose to serve. This leaves those who suffer with little control over their own destinies and creates a dysfunctional status quo that harms instead of helps.
Drawing on his own experience witnessing his mother s chronic pain and numerous clinical stories from over thirty years expertise as a pain management specialist, Nagel looks first at patients, their families, and their doctors (usually not trained in pain management), and then broadens his canvas to elaborate a pain power structure that includes the entire healthcare community, insurers, lawyers, government regulators, employers, politicians, law enforcement agencies, and painkilling drugs.
Concluding with concrete reforms to create more effective and compassionate pain care, this book is designed for pain patients and their families, healthcare providers, legislators and other public policymakers, judges, personal injury and other attorneys, insurers, government regulators, law enforcement personnel, and health care business people."
To be honest this was a hard book to get into I mean I was expecting to learn about chronic pain not about one mans insight into chronic pain. By the way Chronic pain has a HUGE range . Ok so your wondering what that means, well there is underlined conditions that are hard to diagnose that are more painful than others like rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus , fibromyalgia , depression, the list of chronic pain diseases are actually endless. Back to this book, if your looking for basically a "Story" of his life with his mothers chronic pain then go ahead and read this. BUT if your looking for a self help book this is so not it.
I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinions.