Neurologic pain signatures and neuroethical calligraphy

Wiliam P. Cheshire

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Functional neuroimaging is lifting the veil away from pain and showing that its subjectivity is not completely impenetrable. Discrete neurologic pain signatures for specific types of physical pain, for example, are coming into sharper scientific focus. Translation of these neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice holds promise for improving the understanding and treatment of patients' complex pain problems. Pain narratives also have a moral dimension undetectable by brain scans. Wise application of the scrutinizing lens of scientific objectivity ought to bring empirical facts close into view without making the patient appear distant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalEthics and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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