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Psychology of pain management

January 28, 2014
By DR. Scott A. Mathias - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

In medical circles pain is often considered to be the fifth vital sign. However, unlike the other four, there is not an objective means of measuring physical pain. We can count respirations, use a thermometer to measure temperature, and assess blood pressure and pulse rate. There is no device or procedure that has yet been developed which can objectively measure acute or chronic pain.



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