For centuries theorists, clinicians, and researchers have attempted to describe, understand, quantify, and treat pain. How personality affects the presentation and course of chronic pain is among the most complex and challenging issues for health care practitioners. Personality Characteristics of Patients With Pain covers in superb detail the important issues faced by those who attempt to assess and explain how patients perceive and cope with pain and stress. The editors, themselves clinicians and clinical researchers who have extensive experience working with patients with personality disorders and those with chronic pain, have assembled a group of experts to contribute to this volume. They have produced a very readable summary of this field.