• Michael Serpell


Pain is a complex interaction that involves sensory, emotional and behavioural factors, and so its definition and treatment must include all of these aspects. The International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP’s) definition of pain is ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with potential or actual tissue damage’ [1].


Pain Threshold Visceral Pain Pain Tolerance Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Nociceptive Pain 
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Further reading

  1. Holdcroft A, Jaggar S (eds). Core Topics in Pain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.Google Scholar
  2. Rowbotham DJ, Macintyre PE (eds). Clinical Pain Management — Acute Pain. London: Arnold, 2003.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Serpell
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  1. 1.University Department of AnaesthesiaGartnavel General HospitalGlasgowScotland

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