musings of a psychiatrist in the pacific northwest
Thursday, October 27, 2005
What pain can do
"Perhaps few persons who are not physicians can realize the influence which long-continued and unendurable pain may have on both body and mind," he wrote. "Under such torments the temper changes, the most amiable grow irritable, the bravest soldier becomes a coward, and the strongest man is scarcely less nervous than the most hysterical girl."
-Jerome Groopman quotes Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, the Philadelphia physician who first described Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in 1872. In the New Yorker.