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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Regrets, I have a few

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b107 (Published 14 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b107

What is pain?

Pain is the penalty for living: a toothache is the penalty for eating; a backache
is the penalty for moving; and a heartache is the penalty for loving. Alas, life
and pain are inseparable.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

26 January 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA