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Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development

Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD, Reviewer
JAMA. 2008;299(15):1842-1843. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1842.
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Schatman and Campbell's innovative text, Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development, combats the disappointment patients and physicians feel by outlining effective strategies to treat chronic pain. The book opposes Rene Descartes' theory of mind-body dualism, which argues that ailments affecting the mind are entirely separate from those that afflict the body. This thinking is well-rooted in the beliefs of the general public and medical society alike: “The Cartesian model is too restrictive to capture the essence of the chronic pain patient's dilemma.” Instead, the book advocates, as did Sir William Osler, that “It is more important to know what patient has a disease than to know what disease a patient has.”

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