March 27 , 2002
Power Over Pain Just Published
Book review: Power over Pain by
Eric M. Chevlen, M.D., and Wesley J. Smith. Steubenville, Ohio: International
Task Force, 2002, 220 pages, reviewed by N. Gregory Hamilton, M.D.
Doctor Eric Chevlen and attorney Wesley Smith have teamed up to
write this fast moving and fascinating book about pain and its relief.
From cancer pain to headaches, from fibromyalgia to sickle cell crisis,
from shingles to multiple sclerosis, Power over Pain covers it. Chevlen
and Smith translate into everyday language the complexities of a
vast array of treatments -- long-acting opioids, everyday nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatories, sophisticated spinal infusion pumps, surgical
procedures, even therapeutic radio nucleotides and a host of other
treatments. Facing the problem of pain squarely, they discuss the
side effects as well as the advantages of the many treatments available.
Their writing is not only comprehensible; it is both accurate and
Along with providing knowledge needed to gain power over pain, Chevlen
and Smith convey a message of compassion and confidence. For those
with a life threatening illness, the message is clear: no one needs
to die in unrelieved suffering. For those with less threatening,
but equally painful conditions, there is also help. This is a book
about the wonderful help available and how to go about getting it.
N. Gregory Hamilton, M.D.
Physicians for Compassionate Care