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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 3 edition (July 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437722423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437722420
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
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"In essence, I consider that this can be looked upson as almost the complete core textbook in pain medicine, with the additional value of a very clear and useful section on regional anesthesia...Established specialists in 'Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia' will also find the book useful too because of its concise nature and easy accessibility of individual topics."--British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2005

"Pain books come in various forms and sizes these days. Some stress procedural techniques, some the theoretical aspects of pain, and some their usefulness because of their pocket size. This is one of the few books that can truly be called a textbook of pain for pain fellows and practicing pain physicians. It combines up-to-date information with a clear delivery in quick, easy-to-read chapters, making it a go-to book for a quick reference." - Tariq M. Malik, MD(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine), Excerpts from Doody's review service, Rating - 4 Stars!

"The book comes with an online accompaniment, allowing the reader to consult the text via the internet, thus allowing the book's text and illustrations to be accessed flexibility. The online version is eay to navigate through using sidebar application. Illustrations can be enlarged and all references are available with one mouse click...The book is well balanced in terms of basic science and clinical applications and all chapters have a narrative flow that is not laborious and can be used effectively as a quick source of information, e.g for teaching or viva practice. Overall, this book sets out to provide a concise but complete overview of pain medicine without becoming too overwhelming for the reader. In my opinion, it would be an excellent textbook to read before or at the start of pain training and also as a resource to help manage a wide variety of pain syndromes in everyday practice."

Anaesthesia, May 2012

About the Author

Professor of Anesthesiology
Senior Associate Chair for Academic Affairs
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa956a6fc) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa95bb7bc) out of 5 stars i read this for the ABMS pain board recert Oct. 27 2011
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i read this cover to cover. then i took the pain board recert 10/11. i passed in 1993 then 2003 so it was time again.
i think i passed the exam. not all of the questions on the exam were in this book.
it was a good review that i read in about 40 hours.
the title says "essentials" and if you compare it with Bonica it really is a summary as opposed to Bonica which is
much more comprehensive (and is about five times bigger).
i think the definitive pain medicine review book for the boards has yet to be written.
this book is up to date, does a better job than the #2 edition, so maybe it will work for you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa95bbbe8) out of 5 stars Great Review of Pain Medicine July 17 2012
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I'm Board Certified in Pain Medicine & will be taking the ABA Recertification test later this year. This book is an excellent & enjoyable up to date review of the subject. When I initially took the ABA test 9 years ago, there was no core text that was anywhere near as good. I actually read a good part of the then current Bonica text to prepare for the exam in addition to doing different banks of questions. This book, as many reviewers have noted, is really the best cover to cover read in our field. Personally, I do not like the current edition of Bonica as much as the previous one, as it looses sight of the forest for the trees in many of the subjects covered, which I didn't feel was the case previously. This book, on the other hand, is a good balance between giving an overview of each subject with an appropriate amount of details. This book is an excellent text book as well as a review for the ABA test. It will also be useful for lecture preperation. For ABA test candidates, I would recommend this book together with & the Dannemiller Certification Coach on-line at [...]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa95bbe10) out of 5 stars "Baby Miller" for Pain Anesthesiologists March 8 2012
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Concise and well-written overview of pain medicine. This book is improved over the previous edition which I liked alot as well. Not written as a board review book, but its content is appropriate for looking up content and concepts for study. I used this book a great deal in studying for the ABA Pain Medicine boards.

This book is in my opinion equivalent in scope to pain medicine as Basics of Anesthesia: Expert Consult - Online and Print, 6e (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print) is to anesthesiology. This text also has a section on regional anesthetic techniques which is useful for a pain management anesthesiologist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa95bbd08) out of 5 stars Your key to look like a pain expert without excess confusion and time July 25 2015
By Christopher F. Amsden - Published on
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Noone deserves 5 stars but this one is a gem, and is closer to 5 than a 4 alright. If you wanted to fake being a doctor of pain medicine and had no training, this is definitely the book you would want. This, plus a good atlas of injection techniques for fluoro, and another for US would get you started. Pretty easy to understand, to the point, covers a lot of subjects. Or, if you were in family practice or IM, and wanted to learn enough to talk to the local pain doc, maybe show him or her up a little, this book would be your key.

However, it does cover quite a number of topics that are not reimbursable - I guess that is good as I believe in some of them, like discography in certain situations, or pulse RF - but some clarification that the approaches are for practical purposes tough to do in reality would be a help.

Didn't agree with some of the statements / ideas. However, I've been doing pain since '90, and on reading the book I find a bunch of knowledge that I was not aware of before. It is only a couple of years or so to the next edition, most likely. However, unless you know all there is to know about pain, I'd buy this book anyway.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Vladimir Medved - Published on
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Not a comprehensive textbook.Good review, can be used as a reference book. Overall - good impression. Not biased, with objective data.