WALTER FREEMAN, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.; JAMES W. WATTS, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Philosophers may argue as to whether pain is a sensation or an emotion. As a sensation it has a threshold, a quality and a localization. Pathways for the transmission of pain run together with the pathways for temperature sensation within the central nervous system. Interruption of these pathways abolishes at least some aspects of pain, while other aspects may be even exaggerated.
On the other hand, pain is an emotion, vaguely to acutely uncomfortable, like fear, disgust and sadness or longing. It has a pervasive, insinuating, all-encompassing manner of concentrating the attention on the affected part and of arresting other
FREEMAN W, WATTS JW. PAIN MECHANISMS AND THE FRONTAL LOBES: A STUDY OF PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMY FOR INTRACTABLE PAIN1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:747–754. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-4-747
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(4):747-754.
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