Treatment of pain—mild or severe, acute or chronic—is a major component of medical practice. Acute pain is recognized as a useful symptom that alerts the patient and physician to a medical problem. Acute pain is relatively easy to treat; it sharpens and then lessens. Mild pain—even mild, chronic pain—also is relatively easy to treat. The medical profession is armed with a host of analgesic agents that are effective for mild to moderate pain; aspirin is well recognized as the most effective single analgesic for mild to moderate pain (1), and there are several other effective nonnarcotic analgesics.
Perhaps the most
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