Chapter 2 Pain as a disease.

  title={Chapter 2 Pain as a disease.},
  author={John D Loeser},
  journal={Handbook of clinical neurology},
A wanderer through the history of medicine later in this millennium may wonder how the management of pain became something that physicians were concerned about in the late 20th century (Loeser, 2000). He may also wonder why it took so long for society and the health professions to recognize that chronic pain was itself a disease whereas acute pain was a symptom. Clearly, a Kuhnian paradigm shift occurred in the last quarter of the 20th century when the study of pain became part of modern… CONTINUE READING