LESTER M. MORRISON, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ERNEST A. SPIEGEL, M.D.
The need of a method that permits one to demonstrate and to localize pain objectively in disease of internal organs is particularly striking under conditions such as the present national emergency. Every day the physician is confronted by the question as to whether the complaint of pain in a certain area is caused by an organic disease or whether it is of a psychic nature.
The need for an objective "pain-detector" is at least partly met by the measurements of the so-called viscerogalvanic reaction (Spiegel and Wohl). These authors studied the electrical potentials of the skin in cases of visceral
MORRISON LM, SPIEGEL EA. DEMONSTRATION OF VISCERAL PAIN BY DETERMINATION OF SKIN POTENTIALS1. Ann Intern Med. 1945;22:827–831. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-6-827
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