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Reply to: “Pain is Not a “thing”: How That Error Affects Language and Logic in Pain Medicine”

  • Simon van Rysewyk
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    Address reprint requests to Simon van Rysewyk, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Gender Studies, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania, Hobart 7001, Australia.
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    Department of Philosophy and Gender Studies, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Published:November 30, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2022.08.006
      The target article by Cohen et al
      • Cohen M
      • Weisman A
      • Quintner J
      Pain is not a “thing”: how that error affects language and logic in pain medicine.
      adds a neglected philosophical dimension to the discussion of terminology in Pain Medicine. Hopefully, it will bring light to some people; for others, may it motivate an attitude of greater self-reflection. Certainly, clinicians have their philosophical hours: when they ponder the broad questions about pain or consciousness,
      • van Rysewyk S
      • van Rysewyk S
      or beat on the conventional wisdom of the day and strike a positive blow for originality.
      • Melzack R
      • Wall PD.
      Pain mechanisms: A new theory.
      Philosophizing can clear the ground for new ideas and lead to new experimental techniques.
      • Price DD
      • Barrell JJ.
      Inner Experience and Neuroscience: Merging Both Perspectives.
      It should be clear to readers that the target article is collaborative in intent, and harbors no reductive ambitions. Evolution of terminology in Pain Medicine is guided by philosophical arguments - demonstrated in the target article –and the perspectives of the patient, researcher and healthcare professional.
      • Cohen M
      • Quintner J
      • van Rysewyk S
      Reconsidering the international association for the study of pain definition of pain.
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