In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Per Brodal, professor of neurobiology at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway, publishes a topical review of how our central nervous system (CNS) handles sensory impulses from the peripheral nervous system . Per Brodal is highly qualified to write such a review: he is the author of the outstanding textbook The Central Nervous System, now in its 5th Edition .1What is pain?The IASP definition of pain from 1994:“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”Amanda C. de C. Williams and Kenneth D. Craig recently proposed a new definition, mainly because they feel it is necessary to emphasize the psychosocial aspects of the experience of pain :“Pain is a distressing experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage with sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social components.”Per Brodal emphasizes that.. .”pain is a sensation, an experience, and common with other sensations, e.g. itching, it has a bodily location”. Pain felt in an arthritic knee joint exists only when the person experiences it. The MRI image of the knee joint can give the observer an impression of a
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2017
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