A competent exoteric survey of an elusive subject. While recognizing the dilemma his topic presents -- "". . . the word ""pain"" is really only a label of convenience for a whole range of hurtful, disagreeable, unpleasant experiences"" -- Freese adequately explores its classification, measurement, physiology, psychology, and its peculiarity to age, sex, and ethnic origin. He suggests that the ""pain game"" (in its transactional meaning) is widely played in our culture because our aches are rewarded by attention and kindness. Closely related is the phenomenon of the ""pain-prone patient,"" who seeks pain as the cornerstone of a lifestyle. Freese examines the mysterious ""phantom limb"" affliction, the devastating duster headache, and the excruciating torment of unrelieved itching. What can be done about pain? Freese offers assorted advice -- usually sound -- for various ailments. He documents modern techniques for pain relief: drugs, anesthesia, surgery, electronic control, hypnosis, acupuncture, and biofeedback and introduces the modern practitioner -- medical doctor or clinical psychologist -- who specializes in the treatment of pain. Although Freese's book breaks no new ground, it covers much material, and it does not hurt.