Monty Lyman

The Painful Truth
  • The Painful Truth

  • 'Extraordinary stories... A remarkable book' - Sunday Times
    An enthralling read' - Dr Rachel Clarke, bestselling author of Dear Life
    A Royal Society Science Prize short-listed author

    We know pain when we feel it. We fear it and try to avoid it. But do we know what it really is?

    We're currently experiencing a Renaissance in pain science. In recent years our understanding of pain has altered so radically it's fair to say that everything we thought we knew about pain is wrong. As Dr Monty Lyman reveals, we misunderstand pain - with harmful consequences.

    The Painful Truth explores cutting-edge research, encompassing phantom aches to persistent pain, and including interviews with survivors of torture as well as those who have never felt pain. It not only provides hope for reducing and managing pain, but takes us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

    This is the untold story of pain - our most elusive feeling.

    'A compelling mix of science and anecdote.' - Nature

    'Takes us into the world of pain and how it's been misunderstood for centuries' - Mail on Sunday

    Praise for Monty Lyman and The Remarkable Life of the Skin

    - 'Seriously entertaining' The Times

    - 'Beautifully written, revealing and surprising' Daily Mail

    - 'Imaginatively told' The Spectator

    - 'An absorbing, fact-packed study' Nature

    - 'What a read it is' Vogue

    - 'Fascinating' Daily Express

Dr Monty Lyman is a doctor and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His first book, The Remarkable Life of the Skin, was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He has given many talks at national conferences and has won several essay prizes, including the 2020 Royal Society of Medicine pain essay prize. He lives in Oxford, England.

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