Pain Management
Fact versus Fiction
by Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein, MD
June 2022, 386pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7695-0
$69, £54, 60€, A95
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7696-7
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An estimated 11%–40% of Americans deal with chronic pain, and this pain is often associated with other medical problems, such as restrictions in mobility and daily living, anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life.

This accessibly written book examines the most commonly used substances and techniques for managing pain, exploring why they work (or don’t), their risks and benefits, and key research findings regarding their use.

No one is a stranger to pain. From sudden injuries to post-operative discomfort to nagging aches and stiffness, pain is an unwelcome but familiar part of life. There are numerous methods for managing pain, but it can be difficult to know which is the best fit and to separate truth from hype.

Pain Management: Fact versus Fiction examines 30 well-known options for combating pain, whether acute or chronic. Utilizing a standardized structure, each entry discusses a particular substance or technique’s origins and underlying principles, how and in what context it’s used, and its advantages and disadvantages. Summaries of key research studies are included to help readers better determine which treatments may be a good choice for them. Introductory materials give readers a foundational understanding of what pain is, how it’s categorized and measured, and the impact it can have on individuals’ physical and psychological well-being. A Further Reading section at the end of each entry points readers toward additional resources to expand and deepen their knowledge.


  • Provides unbiased, evidence-based information to help readers make better decisions about how to manage their pain
  • Summarizes and contextualizes key research findings in easy-to-understand language
  • Utilizes a standardized structure to make it easy for readers to find the exact information they're looking for
  • Covers allopathic therapies as well as complementary and alternative treatments
Myrna Chandler Goldstein, MA, has been a freelance writer and independent scholar for more than 30 years. She is the coauthor of several Greenwood books, including Dietary Supplements: Fact versus Fiction and Vitamins and Minerals: Fact versus Fiction.

Mark A. Goldstein, MD, is chief emeritus of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or editor of numerous professional and lay publications. Dr. Goldstein is currently researching and writing a book on technology and adolescents.
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