Pain: past, present and future.

  title={Pain: past, present and future.},
  author={Ronald Melzack},
  journal={Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie experimentale},
  volume={47 4},
  • Ronald Melzack
  • Published 1993 in
    Canadian journal of experimental psychology…
Descartes' concept that pain is produced by a direct, straight-through transmission system from injured tissues in the body to a pain centre in the brain has dominated pain research and therapy until recently. The gate control theory of pain, published in 1965, proposes that a mechanism in the dorsal horns of the spinal cord acts like a gate which inhibits or facilitates transmission from the body to the brain on the basis of the diameters of the active peripheral fibers as well as the dynamic… CONTINUE READING