A Royal Society Science Prize shortlisted author 'A talented new writer' Sunday Times __________
A philosophical and medical journey through the experience of pain, used as a prism to marvel at biology, psychology and what it means to be human.
We know pain when we feel it. We fear it and try to avoid it. But do we know what it really is?
We're currently experiencing a Renaissance in pain science. In recent years our understanding of pain has altered so radically it's fair to say that everything we thought we knew about pain is wrong. As Dr Monty Lyman reveals, we misunderstand pain - with harmful consequences. Exploring cutting-edge research and encompassing phantom aches to persistent pain, and interviews with survivors of torture as well as those who have never felt pain, Dr Lyman not only provides hope for reducing and managing pain but takes us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.
This is the untold story of pain - our most inexplicable feeling.
Monty Lyman is a superb storyteller... I loved this book so much. ― Rachel Clarke, bestselling author of DEAR LIFE
A remarkable book that explores the boundaries and the meaning of pain - and how conventional understanding and treatment are failing us. ― Sunday Times
An accessible and well-written book... [Dr Lyman] takes us into the world of pain: its weirdness, its growing pervasiveness and how it's been misunderstood for centuries. ― Mail on Sunday
About the Author
Dr Monty Lyman is a doctor and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His first book, The Remarkable Life of the Skin, was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He has given many talks at national conferences and has won several essay prizes, including the 2020 Royal Society of Medicine pain essay prize. He lives in Oxford, England.