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Perceptions of Pain

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0309344 (Published 01 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0309344
  1. Upasana Tayal, Clegg scholar1
  1. 1BMJ

Medicine has never been the most sociable of professions for providing suitable dinner party chat. But Perceptions of Pain is a striking and thoughtful book of photographs that considers the most common medical symptom and is relevant for medical students, doctors, patients, and the general reader. The book represents eight months of working with patients from St Thomas's pain clinic. All of the patients had intense untreatable pain for between nine and 42 years.

Because pain is subjective, doctors have been accused of …

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