Grand Rounds

Audience in Farkas Auditorium, NYU Langone Medical Center for Medicine Grand Rounds.

Department of Medicine Division of Medical Humanities presents:

April 9, 2013 "Psychological Pain: Metaphor or Reality"

David Biro, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Author of book:"The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief" (WW Norton, 2010)

Dr. Biro discussed the traditional dualism associated with pain as being either somatic or emotional. He showed results from studies that used functional MRI to link areas of the brain that receive inputs of somatic pain from the body with areas associated with the pain associated with emotional stressors. The associations were made regardless of the painful stimulus. He proposed a more inclusive definition of pain that would recognize the emotional component of pain as an important contributing consideration when assessing patient pain.


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