Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Bane of Pain Is Plainly in the Brain - Dr. Allan Basbaum

Pain is generally considered a symptom of disease. The uniqueness of the disease of pain, of course, is that it cannot be seen by the physician. It is experienced and reported by the patient. Understanding how pain is generated and more importantly, how to treat pain, is the focus of this lecture. Among the topics to be discussed are the many different types of pain that can be produced, the difference between acute and chronic pain, whether placeboes really work and if so, how, and where in the brain is pain perceived. Series: "UCSF Mini Medical School" [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education]

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