Melanie Thernstrom

Melanie Thernstrom
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Melanie Thernstrom is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and the author of The Pain Chronicles, The Dead Girl and Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder.


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Understanding Pain and Its Myths: The Pain Chronicles

Melanie Thernstrom investigates the reality and science behind common misunderstandings of chronic pain. Here she talks about her book The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering, and how her own story contributed to her work.

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The Pain Chronicles

Melanie Thernstrom
Picador

In The Pain Chronicles, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the ages—from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain...


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