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 the Explain Pain collection of titles, Professor Lorimer Moseley, Painful Yarns provides pain education for both patients and health professionals and is based on the idea that when you understand pain you will hurt less. Yarns are sourced from Lorimer’s travels in outback Australia and beyond, and the fascinating people he meets along the way. Each yarn is linked to a key aspect of pain biology in the section “So what has this got to do with pain?”.
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’. The entertainment is good for everyone – you don’t have to be interested in pain to get something from this book plus 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, London Southbank University
‘Persistent pain can be very difficult to understand, these stories will help people understand their pain and help healthcare professionals understand the pain of their patients.’ – Professor Francis J Keefe Director, Pain Prevention & Treatment Research Program, Duke University Medical Centre, Duke University USA
‘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 pain… they will help people understand their pain and help healthcare 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.”