A Brief History of Pain Perception and Pain Tolerance in Aging

  • Shlomo Yehuda
  • Ralph L. Carasso
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Both philosophers and scientists of diverse perspectives and theoretical orientations have dealt with the phenomenon of pain. The philosopher conceptualized pain as a reaction to a physical stimulus or as a cognitive action; the religious scholar of ancient times believed pain was the punishment for sins (Turk, Meichenbaum, & Genest, 1983). The logical confusion between pain as a stimulus and pain as a response has even lead to a proposition that pain is little more than a verbal response (Schonfeld, 1981). Only relatively recently have these issues been brought to bear on better understanding the nature, role, and implication of pain for elderly populations. The history of the problem that underlies these concerns is fundamental for an adequate appreciation of that problem.


Chronic Pain Pain Threshold Pain Perception Painful Stimulus Clinical Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shlomo Yehuda
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ralph L. Carasso
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychopharmacology Laboratory, Department of PsychologyBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyHillel Yaffe HospitalHaderaIsrael

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