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Medicine and Care of the DyingA Modern History$
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Milton J. Lewis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001

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Development of Pain Control

Development of Pain Control

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(p.159) 5 Development of Pain Control
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Medicine and Care of the Dying
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Milton J. Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.003.0006

This chapter discusses pain control. The phenomenon of pain is found at the juncture of human biology and culture, and the prevailing theory—the gate control theory—of how pain operates allows for a modifying role for culture in one's experience of pain. The chapter shows that modern palliative care cannot function without effective pain control.

Keywords:   pain control, phenomenon of pain, human biology, gate control theory, experience of pain

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