Physiology of Pain

  • Richard A. Meyer
  • Patrick M. Dougherty


The sensation of pain is normally a response to noxious or injurious stimuli. In this chapter, we first describe the basic physiology of the neural apparatus that responds to noxious stimuli. This apparatus responds to the multiple forms of energy that produce injury (such as heat and mechanical and chemical stimuli) and provides information to the organism regarding the location and intensity of noxious stimuli.


Receptive Field Noxious Stimulus Wide Dynamic Range Heat Stimulus Glabrous Skin 
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  • Richard A. Meyer
  • Patrick M. Dougherty

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