David B. Morris, author of The Culture of Pain, Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age and Eros and Illness. He has lectured and written on pain for a variety of professional audiences and retired from the University of Virginia as University Professor
This valuable book addresses two key dilemmas. First, chronic pain is always more than a signal of tissue damage, which is why standard biomedical approaches fail. Second, multidisciplinary treatments (focused on a narrow band of the cognitive-behavioural spectrum) are not multidisciplinary enough. A holistic approach, by contrast, opens our understanding and treatments to the physical, mental, emotional, and social lived experience of chronic pain. It holds important resources for physicians, therapists, patients, family members, and anyone seeking a better way.