Power over Pain
How to Get the Pain Control You Need


Eric M. Chevlen, M.D.

Eric M. Chevlen, M.D., is assistant professor of internal medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio, and director of Palliative Care at St. Elizabeth Hospital Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He also serves as medical director for Hospice of the Valley in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition, Dr. Chevlen is in private practice in Hematology/Oncology/Pain Medicine in Youngstown, Ohio.

He is one of the few physicians in the United States to be board certified by five specialty boards - Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology, Pain Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Chevlen has made guest appearances on national television programs, including The Maury Povich Show and CNN Crossfire, as well as numerous radio programs. In 2000, he was asked to testify before the United States Senate concerning pain and its treatment. He has authored nearly 100 articles that have appeared in such scientific journals as Cancer; Cancer Treatment Reports; International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics; The Oncologist; and The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Dr. Chevlen lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with his wife, Laurel, and their two sets of twins.

Wesley J. Smith

Award winning author Wesley J. Smith was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where he practiced law from 1976-1985, during which time he was a partner in his own law firm and served on several bar association committees, including the California State Bar Committee on Public Affairs.

Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He has authored or co-authored eight books. His first, was The Lawyer Book: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Client Survival, published in 1987. In quick succession he next authored The Doctor Book: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Patient Power (1988) and The Senior Citizens' Handbook: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to More Comfortable Living (1989). He formerly collaborated with Ralph Nader, co-authoring four books with consumer advocate: Winning the Insurance Game (1990), The Frugal Shopper (1991), Collision Course: The Truth About Airline Safety (1993) and No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America (1996).

Smith has been a committed defender of the equality and sanctity of human life since 1993. He is an attorney and consultant for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. He has filed amicus briefs opposing the legalization of assisted suicide and on other bioethical issues in federal and state courts, including in the United States Supreme Court.

His book Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder (1997), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement was published in 1997. His book Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named One of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards).

Smith's current book (co-authored with Eric M. Chevlen, MD), is, Power Over Pain. POP is a consumer's guide to obtaining good pain control. His next book will be A Consumer's Guide to Brave New World, in which Smith will investigate the morality and science of human cloning.

Smith's writing and opinion columns on assisted suicide, bioethics, legal ethics, and public affairs have appeared nationally and internationally, including in Newsweek, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Mother Jones, The National Post (Canada), The Age (Australia), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. He has also been published in regional publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Detroit News, Birmingham News, San Diego Union Tribune, Rocky Mountain News, Sacramento Bee, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among many others. Smith wrote the chapter on assisted suicide for the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice and an article on the topic in Microsoft's on-line encyclopedia, Encarta.

Smith has appeared on more than 1,000 television or radio talk/interview programs, including such national programs as ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN Crossfire, CNN World Report, the CBS Evening News, CSPAN-Book TV, CNN Talk Back Live, To the Point (Public Radio International), and the Jim Bohannon Show. He has appeared regionally on such programs as the Ronn Owens Show (San Francisco), the David Brudnoy Show (Boston), The Michael Jackson Show (Los Angeles), the Joan Rivers Show (New York), the Dennis Prager Show (Los Angeles), and the Diane Rehm Show (Washington DC). He has also appeared internationally on Voice of America, CNN International, and on programs originating in Great Britain (BBC), Australia (ABC), New Zealand, Germany, and Canada.

Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability rights, bioethics, and community gatherings across the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.


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