Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain
David NagelPaper: $24.95
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|Paper Publication Date:||07/05/2016|
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Nagel blends medical and personal knowledge and policy expertise to portray the complexities of chronic pain for both patients and physicians. Using his and other patients’ stories to illustrate the difficulties of treating chronic pain, and describing the ways in which sufferers are often ostracized by the medical system, the author begins by exploring the reality of chronic pain both in biology and those who live with it, providing helpful suggestions for reform of disability insurance and entitlement programs so they may reenter the workforce without losing their benefits.
This interesting book is a giant step forward in transforming individual and societal perceptions based on "ignorance, laziness, and greed. . . . Recommended.
Dr. Nagel is a rebel. He does not accept the status quo and challenges current medical models. He takes aim at the "business of medicine", the disability system, and the impersonal electronic health record. This is contrasted with affirmative recommendations about changing primary care training and incentives for treating chronic pain. His ideas about patient care will inspire readers to hold fast to concerns about our medical system and to advocate passionately for patients with chronic pain and other difficult-to-treat illnesses.
This book is a must-read because David Nagel remembers why he went to medical school. The United States has a broken pain treatment infrastructure that has patients and health-care providers in turmoil. Dr. Nagel has a unique understanding of both the problem and the solution.
--Ed Coghlan, editor, National Pain Report
Needless Suffering is a remarkable book that has the potential to change the way we talk about pain in America. Dr. Nagel unveils the many unspoken truths about a flawed health-care system that imprisons chronic pain patients for life. This book should be mandatory reading by health-care regulators, lawmakers, and anyone who wants to remove the stigma of the most prevalent medical problem in America: chronic pain.
--Lynn R. Webster, MD, former president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and author of The Painful Truth
DR. DAVID NAGEL specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management at Concord Orthopaedics (New Hampshire). He is a member of the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) and serves as New Hampshire representative to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He lives in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.