Pain research currently requires the skills of several basic and clinical disciplines. This book is unique in its discussion of the elements of analgesic trial design. The editors are to be commended for the depth and breadth of its coverage. Its 63 authors were drawn from academia, industry, and government. Pharmacologists, epidemiologists, and statisticians are equally represented with internists, neurologists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and dentists as contributors to this text.
Lasagna's introduction outlines the basic elements of clinical trial design and discusses the ways in which these elements should be "matched" to the particular pain syndrome in question. Several authors