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Margaret McCartney: Honesty, placebos, and pain care

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5103

What is Pain?

Pervasive and invasive but evasive, pain is the penalty for living: a headache is the penalty for thinking; a toothache is the penalty for eating; a backache is the penalty for moving; and a heartache is the penalty for loving. Since living is leaving and grieving, we need the feeling and pealing of healing.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 October 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA