A capsule history of pain management

JAMA. 2003 Nov 12;290(18):2470-5. doi: 10.1001/jama.290.18.2470.

Abstract

Pain is a complex clinical problem. Assessment depends on verbal report, and the patient's physical perceptions may be modified by cognitive and affective factors. The salience of pain as a problem in its own right has grown since 1945 and new therapeutic alternatives have developed from research and from new theoretical perspectives. This short historical review of the highlights of the history of pain management gives particular emphasis to the 20th century and to chronic and cancer pain.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / history
  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Narcotics / history
  • Narcotics / therapeutic use
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Neoplasms / history
  • Pain / diagnosis
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / history*
  • Pain Management
  • Pain, Intractable / history
  • Pain, Intractable / therapy
  • Research

Substances

  • Analgesics
  • Narcotics