Yarns (in Aussie language) are humorous anecdotes containing wit and wisdom- and this book is full of them. Written by clinical neuroscientist and co-author of Explain Pain, Professor Lorimer Moseley, Painful Yarns is based on the idea that when you understand pain you will hurt less. Described by critics as ‘a gem’, by clinicians as ‘entertaining and educative’, and by patients as ‘bloody helpful’, Painful Yarns is a clever example of therapeutic ‘edu-tainment’ -this is a unique book! Yarns are sourced from Lorimer’s travels in outback Australia and beyond, and the fascinating people he meets along the way.
At the end of each yarn, there is a section “so what has this got to do with pain?” where each story is linked to a key aspect of pain biology. The level of the pain education is appropriate for patients and health professionals. The entertainment is good for everyone. You don’t have to be interested in pain to get something from this book and a laugh or two!
“Moseley is pain management’s answer to James Herriot. This book captures that illusive ability to both educate and entertain.” Dr Michael Thacker, Director, Pain Science Program, Kings College, London
“Painful yarns are about life. The way Moseley turns them into metaphors about pain is brilliant. This is a real gem.” Diane Wilkinson, Freelance Writer.
“I love a good story… but the best bit was that when the stories were compared to how pain works, it made sense.” Dimos, Lorry Driver (not Hino’s), with chronic back pain.
“Persistent pain can be very difficult to understand. These stories provide an engaging, scientifically accurate way of explaining …they will help people understand their pain and help health care professionals understand the pain of their patients.”
“When reading, it is always a good sign when you start to cry from laughing….this is clearly the best book about clinical pain that I have ever read.”
“Painful Yarns has been a great tool for me to explain pain to patients! Thank you.”