A mathematical model of the gate control theory of pain.

  title={A mathematical model of the gate control theory of pain.},
  author={N. F. Britton and Suzanne Skevington},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={137 1},
The first test which any theory of pain must pass is that it must be able to explain the phenomena observed in acute pain in humans. This criterion is used to test the major theory of pain at present, the gate control theory of Melzack & Wall (1965, 1982). The theory is explicit enough to be cast in mathematical terms, and the mathematical model is shown to explain the observations considered. It also points up a common misconception on the consequences of the theory, and thus demolishes an… CONTINUE READING

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