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: Empirical Evidence is Mounting to Support the Theory that Certain chronic-pain sufferers are prone to pain as a result of childhood abuse. This is the first book devoted to a comprehensive exploration of abuse and its role in the genesis of pain.In a broad review of different types of abuse -- child, adult, spousal, sexual, physical, and emotional -- Ranjan Roy probes its psychological and social consequences in the short-term and the long-term. He discusses variety in clinical presentation, course of treatment, and the failure or adverse effects of treatment. A talented and seasoned psychotherapist, Roy also presents case studies from his own clinical experience to illustrate his therapeutic approach.Written by a practitioner for practitioners, this book will enable clinicians to identify pain-prone behaviour and to deal with the complex issues and challenges that patients with this condition present.