Dear Colleagues and Friends,
This book of papers represents the proceedings of lectures spoken at the
11th International Pain Clinic World Society of Pain Clinicians, which was
held in Tokyo, Japan, from July 11 through 16, 2004. We had invited about
100 distinguished physicians from various countries and arranged a broad
range of lectures in the field of medicine and extended lectures on pain
mechanisms and management.
This book intends to respect the traditional academic research but at the
same time seeks to liberate from them by using state of the art technologies
to achieve ahead of its time. By doing so, we are able to gain the incentive
to research and develop more.
I am certain that the debating of issues and exchange of information and
opinions in this book by some of the world’s leading experts in the fast
expanding and exciting field of pain management stimulates international
cooperation as well as furthering studies in this area.
This book provides an opportunity for physicians, researchers and
technicians from all over the world to make new recognitions of pain
This book contributes to the interflow and progress of science technology in
pain management, as well as papers provides wonderful place of pain
For those of you who could attend the WSPC2004 Congress, this book will
provide an accurate record of what took place and advances reported in our
understanding of pain management. For those who could not join the WSPC2004
Congress, this book will help you to stay on the cutting edge of patient
care and research as presented in Tokyo in July 2004.
I have no doubt that experimental and clinical research presented by the
various authors will arouse substantial interests and serve as a stimulus to
further progress of pain management.
Kazuo Hanaoka, M.D., Ph.D.
11th International Pain Clinic World Society of Pain Clinicians