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By R Carter
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action (force) in nature, there's an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, if object A exerts a force on object B, then object B also exerts an equal but opposite force on object A, or Fa = -Fb. Notice that force is exerted on both objects and in both directions even if one is resting and not in motion. This force is often expressed as work, work is defined as the product of force, so regardless of whether we’re talking about objects moving through space or something more abstract like a healthcare system, the principle remains because the universe, at the level in which we operate, is based on cause and effect. And if we’ve modeled our system completely, the net effect for a force applied to another system is always zero, they cancel each other out.
Richard A Lawhern, Ph.D., Andrea Trescot, M.D., Stephen E Nadeau, M.D.
Point papers are a long-standing tradition in military and government policy making circles. Unlike most medical journal papers, they are formatted with a minimum of verbiage to summarize an issue for decision making. The authors write in that tradition, adding references for key points. We speak on behalf of millions of people in pain and their healthcare providers, who have been predictably and unnecessarily harmed by the 2016 CDC Guidelines on prescription of opioids to adults with chronic non-cancer pain.
Rhode Island pain patient legislation returns in 2020.
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Soldiers with deep wounds sometimes feel no pain at all for hours, while people without any detectable injury live in chronic physical anguish. How to explain that?
Over drinks in a Boston-area bar, Ronald Melzack, a psychologist, and Dr. Patrick Wall, a physiologist, sketched out a diagram on a cocktail napkin that might help explain this and other puzzles of pain perception. The result, once their idea was fully formed, was an electrifying theory that would become the founding document for the field of modern pain studies and establish the career of Dr. Melzack, whose subsequent work deepened medicine’s understanding of pain and how it is best measured and treated. Dr. Melzack died on Dec. 22 in a hospital near his home in Montreal, where he lived, his daughter, Lauren Melzack, said. He was 90, and had spent most of his professional life as a professor of psychology at McGill University.