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p. 777. Pain in modern medicine and sciencelocked

  • Rob Boddice


‘Pain in modern medicine and science’ considers what happens when the knowledge that emotions, or affective states, are centrally important in determining the meaning of pain and the way in which it is experienced is reapplied to medical attempts both to understand and to eliminate pain. It discusses the concept of nociception; what happens on a physiological level in the event of injury is the body’s attempt to restore homeostasis; and the Gate Control Theory of pain, proposed by Melzack and Wall in 1965, which revolutionized pain research. It also considers the role of analgesics and the power of the placebo effect.

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