The Pain Detective by Hillel Finestone The Pain Detective by Hillel Finestone The Pain Detective by Hillel Finestone

This book is a MUST READ for anyone experiencing ongoing pain...

+ Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., Director, Pediatric Pain Program,
Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA


"This is an exciting book that provides important insights into complex chronic pains. The fascinating case histories reveal the challenges that confront patients as well as their doctors in coping with pains that require imaginative thinking as well as solid medical knowledge. Dr. Finestone employs both in his pursuit of subtle cues that can lead to pain relief. A highly readable book that illuminates a major health problem-chronic pains suffered by millions of people."

+ Ronald Melzack, M.D., World-reknowned pain researcher and cofounder of the "Gate Control Theory of Pain"

"It has been said that the mystery of chronic pain can be found in the history. In The Pain Detective: Every Ache Tells a Story, Dr. Finestone has accumulated and described a series of medical stories (histories) that highlight the complex mind-body-environment interaction that can lead to chronic pain and suffering. With mysteries unlocked, Dr. Finestone presents enlightening and practical information to help people manage their pain and regain control of their lives. This book is certain to be of great value to both those that suffer and those that treat the sufferers."

+ Stuart M. Weinstein, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, PM&R and Clinical Professor, Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

"Hillel Finestone belongs to that rare breed of physical medicine specialist who doesn't separate the mind from the body, because he has the wisdom to know that in real life no such separation can exist. In The Pain Detective he applies that wisdom to painful conditions like fibromyalgia, and just as a good detective, illuminates their contributing causes by shining his light in many recesses of the human physique and psyche. The result is a book that heals."

+ Gabor Maté M.D., author of When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

"This book is a MUST READ for anyone experiencing ongoing pain, Dr. Finestone takes a biopsychosocial (often called a mind-body) approach to understanding pain, which is the key ingredient in successfully treating pain and pain-associated disability."

+ Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., Director, Pediatric Pain Program, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA

"Dr. Finestone has compiled a series of inspiring vignettes which are saturated with a respectful, non-judgmental approach to people's pain; this collection is a wonderful resource for patients and their physicians. The Pain Detective explores the profound and complex experience of pain, revealing the network of psychological-cognitive and physical factors which entangle the individual. It is a map for the creation of a therapeutic space where multi-faceted, multi-leveled illness can be unwound and re-organized."

+ Leonard Bloom, M.D., Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa

"Finestone feels his biggest contribution to his field has been to prove the relationship between mind and body is complex and the two are interdependent. For many people, this proof has validated their feelings of pain." + Read more

+ Sarah Anderson, The Ottawa Citizen

"Dr. Finestone's book "The Pain Detective" is a fascinating voyage into people's lives, their pains, physical and emotional, so closely intertwined, so that attempting to cure the one without tapping the other is inevitably futile." + Read more

+ Talya Miron-Shatz, Ph.D., Princeton University

"Overall, I feel the book is quite well done and meets a legitimate need for both patients and physicians in British Columbia. As many patients do not understand the role of psychological states in their pain, this book will provide them with empowering knowledge. And because the book is structured as cloaked case studies of Finestone's actual patients, many patients will find solace via companionship with the book's patients." + Read more

+ Jeremy Daniels, British Columbia Medical Association Journal

"A succinct, cogent and masterfully created book. You write in the tradition of everyman and for the scientist as well. Your explanation, nay treatment of pain, displays a deep understanding of physiological processes and its interconnectedness with the psyche, are above reproach. A sound volume which should be on the bookshelf and desk of all health providers. Your insight into complex pain phenomena are both brilliant and inspiring. A most sound read."

+ Sam Sussman, M.D., Ph.D, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Western Ontario