"The stated objectives...are to present the state of the art in pain assessment and research and to provide information of practical use for researchers and clinicians in this area. This volume meets those goals admirably...Another extremely useful aspect of chapters in this and other sections of the book is the inclusion of many of the actual scales and scoring keys as appendixes. This provides the reader with an extremely useful reference tool, a compendium of assessment instruments within one volume...Overall, this volume represents the most comprehensive work available on pain assessment and will be a standard in the field for some time to come. Both clinicians and researchers are likely to find themselves turning to it repeatedly--not only as a convenient summary of current available measures and literature, but also as a guide to developing increasingly sophisticated methods of assessing biopsychsocial aspects of the pain experience." --Contemporary Psychology "This text provides a comprehensive review of the medical and psychosocial aspects of pain assessment....Overall, it contains a wealth of information and it is hard to imagine a better book relating to pain assessment. It would be a valuable resource for anyone working with pain patients or researching in the area of pain." --Behavior Change "This volume fills a very important gap in the literature....Many chapters include a reproduction of the scales that are mentioned in the text and this is extremely important for both the researcher and the clinician. The reasonable price makes this volume affordable for a large audience that goes beyond pain researchers, and includes clinicians involved in research on quality of life and drug trials." --Psychotherapy and PsychosomaticsTurk, Dennis C. is the author of 'Handbook of Pain Assessment' with ISBN 9780898628838 and ISBN 0898628830.