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  • The Painful Truth

  • The New Science of Why We Hurt and How We Can Heal
  • By: Monty Lyman
  • Narrated by: Monty Lyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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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 elusive feeling.

A Royal Society Science Prize shortlisted author.

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©2021 Monty Lyman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"A talented new writer." (Sunday Times)

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Fascinating

As a physiotherapist with an interest in persistent pain and complementary therapies I found this book absolutely fascinating. I was reminded of that saying ‘the mind is like a parachute - it only works when open’. I hope this book opens many minds. Thank you Monty.

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Really interesting and lots of useful information on persistent pain. in particular the link between mind, body and pain

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Brilliant listen

This is a great audio book. I’m a nurse & see patients with persistent pain in my daily work. I will be recommending this book to colleagues & patients

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insightful

I loved it! It was so encouraging and made such prefect sense. An excellent read.

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A must read for anyone involved in persistent pain

As a therapist and former sufferer of chronic persistent pain, the content and delivery of this book is sublime. Whether you live with, support or work with persistent pain, the information in this book is second to none.

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Fantastic book for anyone in pain or who is a person!

Brilliant and engaging dash round modern pain sciences. Recommended, if not required reading for every human being, certainly anyone who has persistent pain.

It’s not a deep deep dive but a beautifully written, human and compassionate summary of current understanding, neatly namechecks all the best luminaries of pain research yet has a personal and humorous touch where needed.

A must on any medics or medical academic’s shelf and a book that should be sent to (with subsequent test of reading and understanding!) every policy maker and politician at local to international level.

Well done Monty. It’s superlative. (And read very very nicely as well!)

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A must read!

For anyone from being in pain to being interested in pain sience. Very well narrated by the author.

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Fascinating and very educational

A must read for anyone suffering with or caring for someone with intense ongoing pain. It provides lots of information and encourages further investigation into lifestyle and attitude , treating the whole person as the solution. It’s an honest modern insight into persistent pain and is a terrific springboard into better educated patients . A sometimes heavy read but very worthwhile .

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Astonishing

This is an astonishing book that turns on its head much received wisdom about the nature and meaning if physical pain. The concept of rewriting the brain makes huge sense

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