(Melzack and Wall 1988) The challenge of pain

Melzack, Ronald; Wall, Patrick D. The challenge of pain. Revised ed. London: Penguin Books; 1988.

In a book that played a critical role in improving medical treatment of pain, Melzack and Wall recognize excessive and irrational concern with opioid addiction as a major obstacle to the adequate treatment of pain. On page 203, they write:

More nonsense on narcotic addiction is written by both doctors and the press than on any other medical matter. The undoubted occurrence of addiction has led to a mass hysteria about its danger which has been very harmful for patients as well as for addicts.


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