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An Overview of Chronic Pain
Thomas W. Miller; Robert F. Kraus
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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University of Kentucky in Lexington, The Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, The Institute of Psychiatry in London

Department of Psychiatny at the University of Kentucky

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Pain is the most common symptom for which patients seek medical advice and treatment, and chronic pain takes a heavy toll in patient suffering and disability, reduced quality of life, and economic costs. Despite the interest in pain management in the last half century, the pathways of pain transmission and the optimal methods of pain management are not fully understood. The authors review selected areas of knowledge about chronic pain and its management, including historical views, the assessment of pain, economic factors and costs, and treatment approaches.

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