CULLEN WARD IRISH, M.D.
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Pain is defined in Dorland's Medical Dictionary as "distress or suffering." The derivation of the word is from the Greek appellation for penalty. Hence, in Webster's Dictionary, the first definition is given as "punishment, penalty, or fine," and its common usage as "an affection or feeling due to derangement of functions, disease or bodily injury," second, and "distressing uneasiness of mind; grief" is placed fourth.
With consideration of the wider uses of the word "pain," practically all bodily and mental ills present attributes which may be included under this designation. Pain is the most frequent complaint offered by the patient
IRISH CW. PAIN—THE PATIENT'S COMPLAINT1. Ann Intern Med. 1935;8:1659–1666. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-12-1659
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1935;8(12):1659-1666.
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