Pain is often misdiagnosed

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:205
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Pain is frequently misdiagnosed, affects men and women equally, and is undertreated in children, according to speakers at an American Medical Association seminar in New York last week.

    Forty per cent or more of patients with chronic pain are misdiagnosed, said Dr Nelson Hendler, a psychiatrist in the neurosurgery department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and director of a private pain clinic. “Physicians don't do a …

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