Providers of pain treatment as well as both basic
and clinical scientists are alerted in this volume to the potential
importance of sex-related factors in the experience of pain. A better
understanding of the differences between the sexes will ultimately
enhance our ability to diagnose and treat pain disorders of all types.
This book provides a single resource summarizing many of the most
important findings regarding sex, gender, and pain. Its contributors are
leading international experts in this field whose perspectives include
basic neuroscience, human laboratory research, clinical investigation,
and epidemiological studies.
"...as a reference source in institutional libraries, this book is
invaluable as it brings together many different opinions in a single
J. M. Morgan, Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol 33, No
4, August 2005
"...[This edited volume] is a seminal work as the first book to
provide an in-depth discussion about the role of sex and gender in the
pain experience. Many of the authors are members of the International
Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Sex, Gender,
and Pain. They are well-respected researchers who have contributed
extensively to this area of research and practice.
"Basic science and experimental, clinical, and epidemiological
research are given equal place in this book; research from one area
frequently provides some insight into the complexity of the sex and
gender issues discussed in another chapter... [The concluding chapter]
draws out the interrelationships of these areas of research and the
important contributions likely to be gleaned from concerted efforts to
combine areas to address sex and gender aspects of pain experience.
"In sum, this book is an extremely helpful and essential resource for
any researcher or clinician with an interest in sex, gender, and pain
APA Review of Books (American Psychological
"This excellent book is another in the series from the International
Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Press on Progress in Pain [Pain
Research and Management]. It fulfills the mission statement of the
organization in that it provides a timely, high quality, low cost
publication about a current pain problem. During the 1990s, there has
been increased interest in the influence of sex and gender on pain.
There have been National Institute of health initiatives and conferences
about this important topic. There is now an IASP special interest group
on sex, gender and pain.
"Roger Fillingim, who is a recognized expert in the field, edits this
book. The text brings together basic scientists and clinicians who
explore the mechanisms and clinical importance of sex and gender
differences in pain. There is something in this book to interest
everyone. The text asks as many questions as it answers and gives many
ideas for future research. The multi-factorial nature of the influence
of sex and gender on pain is a recurrent theme, which involves the
interaction of biological and psychological factors.
"The [final chapter by Karen Berkley] provided an excellent summary
of current knowledge and ideas for the future. This book is a must have
for all departments and individuals involved in the study and management
of pain. It supports the notion that men may be from Mars and women may
be from Venus after all!"
British Journal of Anaesthesia
"In this work, a number of internationally renowned specialists
provide an overview of the current knowledge regarding the
multidimensional phenomenon of pain. As the title indicates, this book
investigates the relationship of pain to gender based on the most recent
basic, clinical, and epidemiological research. Today we know that men
and women react differently to nociceptive stimuli and analgesic
interventions. In other words, the perception of pain is not the same
between the two sexes. A better understanding of these differences can
[allow] doctors to diagnose and treat painful pathologies more
efficiently. That is the intention of this book."
De agenda Gynecologie/L'agende
"This edited volume contains 18 chapters that summarize findings from
a wide range of clinical and experimental studies on the relationships
among sex, gender, and pain. The chapters are written by an impressive
international group of experts and are consistently thorough and
well-written, as well as understandable to readers unfamiliar with the
area of research.
"The first chapter, written by Roger Fillingim, provides a concise
summary of the relevant historical effects preceding the publication of
this book and an overview of the important issues covered in the book.
The other chapters in this section are provocative and suggest
interesting directions for future research.
"A chapter on epidemiological perspectives provides a very useful
table summarizing gender prevalence ratios found in different studies
for a variety of pain conditions; this table nicely illustrates the
female predominance across conditions as well as the variability in
findings across studies. This chapter also points out the complex
interactions among gender, age, and pain condition.
"...[Karen Berkley's chapter, "Female Pain Versus Male Pain?" ...]
provides a useful summary for the entire volume, illustrates how basic
and clinical research can inform each other, and suggests a framework
for future research in the area.
"I believe this book deserves a place on the bookshelf of evry pain
researcher, basic or clinical. It provides a thorough, comprehensive,
and up-to-date review of this important topic. Reading (or even skimming
through) this volume should heighten the sensitivity of every researcher
to the importance of attention to sex- and gender-related issues in pain
studies, as well as the importance of continued integration of basic and