Pain is a challenging area to understand for any healthcare professional, and quality training on the subject is required if nurses are to provide effective pain management and person-centred care. Based on the curriculum developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, this book offers an essential guide to managing pain. It begins with an examination of the biology of pain, and then goes on to consider pain management across the lifecourse, looking at key topics including acute pain, cancer pain and pharmacology. Case scenarios are included throughout the book to help readers apply the knowledge they have learned to their own practice.It will be valuable reading for undergraduate nurses, and essential for those taking continuing professional development and postgraduate courses in pain management.

Leaders in Pain Care: An Historic Overview

Leaders in Pain Care: An Historic Overview

Leaders in pain care: An historic overview

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize the origins of understanding and treating pain
  • be aware of how social practices across ages influenced cultural attitudes to pain
  • be cognizant of some eminent leaders in pain treatment and management
  • view a transition from a linear view of pain to a complex systems perspective


This chapter offers a brief overview of the important contributions of some eminent leaders in pain philosophy, medicine and nursing from ancient to modern times, describing the achievements of these leaders within their socio-political and cultural contexts. There was no linear development from ancient to modern times towards understanding mechanisms underpinning human pain experience. Multiple factors, at different times over very ...

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