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Pain: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:961
  1. Paul Keeley, consultant in palliative medicine
  1. Glasgow Royal Infirmary

    A colleague in my specialty once wrote a great aphorism: “The human body is not at all like a machine: it is more like a weather system, inherently unstable and unpredictable.” Pain is one of those parts of human experience where the interaction of body, mind, and—if you believe in such things—spirit or soul do not have clear boundaries. Pain can be a simple somatic experience, but such a pure experience is rare, and the norm is that the experience is somatopsychic. Hence …

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