A new book published by the International Association for the Study of Pain will interest researchers and clinicians focused on sickle cell disease. Sickle Cell Pain, Second Edition, by Samir K. Ballas, is a panoramic, in-depth exploration of every scientific, human, and social dimension of this cruel disease. This comprehensive, definitive work is unique in that it is the only book devoted to sickle cell pain, as opposed to general aspects of the disease.
The 752-page book links sickle cell pain to basic, clinical, and translational research, addressing various aspects of sickle pain from molecular biology to the psychosocial aspects of the disease. Supplemented with patient narratives, case studies, and visual art, Sickle Cell Pain’s scientific rigor extends through its discussion of analgesic pharmacology, including abuse-deterrent formulations. The book also addresses in great detail inequities in access to care, stereotyping and stigmatization of patients, the implications of rapidly evolving models of care, and recent legislation and litigation and their consequences.
Samir K. Ballas, MD FACP FASCP DABPM FAAPM, is emeritus professor of medicine and paediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and honorary staff member of HEMORIO, the Haematology Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He formerly directed the Adult Sickle Cell Program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Region. Dr. Ballas is also a senior member of the Cardeza Foundation for Haematological Research and former director of the Thomas Jefferson University Sickle Cell Center and the University Hospital Blood Bank.
The International Association for the Study of Pain brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide. For more information, visit www.iasp-pain.org.