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THE PAIN CHRONICLES Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

by | Read by Laural Merlington

Contemporary Culture • 11.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2010

Unlike most scientific books about pain, Melanie Thernstrom writes about HER pain. She describes going to 85 doctors, looking for a cure. In the beginning the young virgin remembers swimming with her boyfriend to a raft in a lake, where she lost her virginity. She has experienced musculoskeletal pain ever since that moment. Using clever affectations, narrator Laurel Merlington portrays what she perceives as a patient on Freud’s couch: neurotic, intelligent, depressed, and addicted. Merlington lets the writer’s circuitous “brain farts” betray her state of mind. Having consumed so many substances to alleviate her misery disqualifies the patient from being a valid observer. Thernstrom now takes only Botox, Celebrex, and Tramadol. Pain sufferers looking for answers won’t find many in this odyssey from acupuncture to Zoloft. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2010]

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Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2010

CD ISBN 9781400118540 $34.99 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400168545 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

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Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2010

CD ISBN 9781400148547 $83.99 • Ten CDs

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