As part of its educational mission, IASP has made several books freely available for educational purposes. These publications are free of charge to IASP members and the general public.
Classification of Chronic Pain
This second edition of our taxonomy book, edited by Harold Merskey and Nikolai Bogduk as part of the IASP Task Force on Taxonomy, was originally published in 1994 and twice updated. Classification of Chronic Pain includes detailed pain definitions, descriptions of pain syndromes, and codes for chronic pain diagnosis. The IASP Taxonomy, developed in 2012, updates pain terminology presented in the book.
Core Curriculum for Professional Education in Pain
The third edition of the Core Curriculum is a dynamic resource for patient care and training purposes. Developed by the IASP Task Force on Professional Education and edited by J. Edmond Charlton, MBBS, FRCA, the document’s four sections address general issues for pain education and research; the assessment and psychology of pain; the treatment of pain, including by pharmacology and other methods; and clinical states, including taxonomy, tissue pain, visceral pain, headache and facial pain, nerve damage, and special cases.
Guide to Pain Management in Low-Resource Settings
The Guide to Pain Management in Low-Resource Settings is intended to support health care providers in low-resource settings. Chapters were written by a multidisciplinary and multinational team of authors. Practitioners in settings with limited resources will benefit from easy-to-read information about simple and cost-effective approaches that can provide maximum effects in managing pain in their patients.
First Steps: The Early Years of IASP 1973-1984
First Steps: The Early Years of IASP 1973-1984 is a set of memoirs written by former IASP Executive Officer Louisa E. Jones. It was published and distributed in conjunction with the 13th World Congress on Pain in Montréal, Canada.