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The short-form McGill pain questionnaire
TLDR
The SF‐MPQ shows promise as a useful tool in situations in which the standard MPQ takes too long to administer, yet qualitative information is desired and the PPI and VAS are inadequate. Expand
The McGill Pain Questionnaire: Major properties and scoring methods
TLDR
The data indicate that the McGill Pain Questionnaire provides quantitative information that can be treated statistically, and is sufficiently sensitive to detect differences among different methods to relieve pain. Expand
Pain mechanisms: a new theory.
TLDR
A new theory of pain mechanisms is proposed, which holds that the nerve impulse pattern for pain is produced by intense stimulation of nonspecific receptors since "there are no specific fibers and no apecific endings". Expand
From the gate to the neuromatrix
TLDR
This work has proposed that the brain possesses a neural network--the body-self neuromatrix--which integrates multiple inputs to produce the output pattern that evokes pain and has a theoretical framework in which a genetically determined template for the body- self is modulated by the powerful stress system and the cognitive functions of the brain, in addition to the traditional sensory inputs. Expand
Contribution of central neuroplasticity to pathological pain: review of clinical and experimental evidence
TLDR
This review examines the clinical and experimental evidence which points to a contribution of central Neurol plasticity to the development of pathological pain, and assesses the physiological, biochemical, cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie plasticity induced in the central nervous system in response to noxious peripheral stimulation. Expand
Pain and the neuromatrix in the brain.
  • R. Melzack
  • Medicine
  • Journal of dental education
  • 1 December 2001
The neuromatrix theory of pain proposes that pain is a multidimensional experience produced by characteristic "neurosignature" patterns of nerve impulses generated by a widely distributed neuralExpand
Evolution of the Neuromatrix Theory of Pain. The Prithvi Raj Lecture: Presented at the Third World Congress of World Institute of Pain, Barcelona 2004
  • R. Melzack
  • Medicine
  • Pain practice : the official journal of World…
  • 1 June 2005
TLDR
Pain is produced by the output of a widely distributed neural network in the brain rather than directly by sensory input evoked by injury, inflammation, or other pathology, according to the neuromatrix theory of pain. Expand
Phantom limbs and the concept of a neuromatrix
  • R. Melzack
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Neurosciences
  • 1 March 1990
TLDR
A substantial number of children who are born without a limb feel a phantom of the missing part, suggesting that the neural network, or 'neuromatrix', that subserves body sensation has a genetically determined substrate that is modified by sensory experience. Expand
The perception of pain.
  • R. Melzack
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Scientific American
  • 1 February 1961
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