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Can fetuses feel pain?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:909

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No pain at 26 weeks?

As a neonatologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience,
your article prompted me to ask the following question:
What does the grimace, cry and withdrawl that a 22 week patient exihibits
upon needle stick or other invasive procedutre represent?
Thank you,
Brian D. Udell, M.D.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Competing interests: No competing interests

19 April 2006
Brian D. Udell
President AMS RRG
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301