Our increasing understanding of how the nervous system detects painful stimuli, and how it deals with the information has improved acute pain management. Since prehistory it has been evident that the nervous system conducted information to the brain. Philosophers such as Descartes thought the nerves ‘opened up pores in the common sense centre’. We know that the old idea of the nerves as a form of wiring is too simplistic and that the nervous system is able to modify the information that arrives at every synapse along the way to the brain. This chapter explains the current science behind the development of pain when tissue damage first occurs.
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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine
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