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Considering Precision and Utility When we Talk About Pain. Comment on Cohen et al

      We applaud many of the sentiments put forward by Cohen et al in their critique of language and logic in pain medicine.
      • Cohen M
      • Weisman A
      • Quintner J
      Pain is not a “thing”: How that error affects language and logic in pain medicine.
      Pleas to avoid conflation between nociception and pain are not new - “The mislabelling of nociceptors as pain fibres was not an elegant simplification but a most unfortunate trivialisation of pain”
      • Wall PD
      • McMahon SB
      The relationship of perceived pain to afferent nerve impulses.
      ; “.. we don't actually have ‘pain receptors’, or ‘pain nerves’ or ‘pain pathways’ or ‘pain centres.’”
      • Butler DS
      • Moseley GL
      Explain Pain.
      We are among those who see such conflation as contrasting with contemporary understandings of ‘how pain works’ and undermining evidence-based treatment approaches.
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