Marie-Josée Rivard has worked in the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre since 2000. As VP of the Société Québécoise de la Douleur and a public speaker, she works to raise awareness and correct myths about chronic pain among doctors, health professionals, and the general public. She lives in Montreal.
Pain strikes all of us, but it becomes a recurring or constant condition for one in five people. For millions young and old, it is a difficult, day-to-day reality, and many sufferers have been left feeling more frustrated and helpless than ever, despite medical advances.
Pain is a guide to understanding and treating all kinds of pain, and helping sufferers maintain hope for a normal life. In accessible chapters, this book explains how pain occurs at a fundamental level, both psychologically and physically, and what makes ordinary pain debilitating.
Inside, you will find:
- A guide to pain management for sufferers and those close to them
- Vital information on the types of pain, the causes, and the treatments
- Concrete advice for controlling pain, understanding treatments, and living a normal life
- Testimonials from people who have taken control of their condition
With a focus on the daily realities of suffering and recovery, Pain aims to inform readers about the therapeutic and psychological approaches to pain management. In addition, it offers concrete tools and strategies to help sufferers become experts on their own pain and guide their own treatment.
Denis Gingras has worked for years on the borderline between science and literature. For fifteen years he was a researcher specializing in oncology at Montreals Sainte-Justine Hospital. His book Foods that Fight Cancer has been translated into twenty-five languages.
Barbara Sandilands is a translator, editor, and writing instructor. She is a graduate of Laval University in Quebec City and holds graduate degrees in Canadian Studies and Translation. Barbara was a foreign service officer for thirteen years, with postings in Brussels, Lisbon, and London. She has translated fifteen books from French to English, in subjects ranging from history, art, and politics to architecture, biography, and medicine.