Pain associated with dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system has baffled clinicians and basic scientists alike. Its rich and complicated history continues to unfold within the context of a continuously expanding body of knowledge drawn from many disciplines. This volume illuminates the most recent advances in the study of the mechanisms underlying Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and sheds new light on approaches to diagnosis.
The complexity of this syndrome presents a challenge to both scientists and clinicians, and its management requires a multidisciplinary approach. The symposium that generated Complex Regional Pain Syndrome brought together a broad spectrum of internationally renowned specialists from diverse backgrounds, each of whom provides a piece of the overall puzzle. By integrating these contributions skillfully, the editors present a cohesive overview of the current status of CRPS research and diagnosis. The material presented in this book documents the latest knowledge available in our understanding of CRPS and introduces new diagnostic approaches. It will contribute to the development of new treatment strategies.
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Part I: Overview
Part II: Animal Models
Part III: Human Experimentation
Part IV: Diagnosis
Part V: Epilogue
"...does this text fulfill the aims of the IASP to 'provide timely, high quality, attractive, low cost publications relevant to the problem of pain? The answer...is unquestionably an affirmative one.
"...this text is but another phase of the debate on CRPS. The
solution of its cause, its diagnosis and its treatment have yet to be
defined. What this text does achieve is to signpost the future
directions that researchers should take to develop effective treatments
for this difficult condition."
"This volume should be available to those clinicians dealing [with]
CRPS... apart from details of neural blockade there is no focus on
clinical therapies for CRPS and these must be sought elsewhere.
Nevertheless, I found it a stimulating update on the status of research
on CRPS which has refreshed my thinking on mechanisms and the basis on
which to select therapies for CRPS."
"...[This book] presents a comprehensive assessment of current research, indicating where we are now and where further work may lead.
"Although the subject matter is broad, the section [on human studies] has been put together well, and the reader is able to concentrate on certain areas of interest without having to skip back and forth between chapters.
"The IASP have produced another very good, high-quality book. Our
understanding of this condition has improved considerably, and I
recommend the book to all those with patients who suffer with CRPS.
Hopefully, the next edition will contain a section on significant
improvements in treatment."
"...[This book] consists of 25 chapters.... After an introductory overview by Jänig, it covers animal models, human experimentation, and diagnostic criteria. An epilogue by Gary Bennett summarizes the contents.
"The book is useful as a source of information about complex regional
pain syndrome (CRPS); the authors' publications in peer-reviewed
journals have, of course, much more depth. As is standard for IASP
Press, the book is well indexed and well produced. It is a useful
addition to one's personal library."
About the Editors
R. Norman Harden, MD, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and served on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina before becoming Director of the Center for Pain Studies at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1994. His research focuses primarily on CRPS, headache, and muscular and neuropathic pain.
Ralf Baron, Dr med, is Professor of Neurology and Vice-Chairman of the Neurological Clinic at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany, where he received his medical degree in 1986. Dr. Baron has lectured at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide and in 1998 was the recipeitn of a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation. His primary research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states.
Wilfrid Jänig, Dr med, received his medical degree from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, and since 1973 has conducted research at the Physiological Institute of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany. Dr. Jänig's research interests include the cellular organization of the sympathetic nervous system, neural mechanisms of visceral and neuropathic pain, and the sympathetic nervous system and pain.