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Medical News & Perspectives
February 3, 1999

New Advocates of Adequate Treatment Say Have No Fear of Pain or of Prosecution

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JAMA. 1999;281(5):406-407. doi:10.1001/jama.281.5.406-JMN0203-4-1

Washington—A series of studies on legal and regulatory issues involved in the management of pain were the focus of a recent press conference here when Sandra H. Johnson, JD, provost of Saint Louis University in Missouri, announced findings published in the winter issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (1998;26:265-352).

Among the oft-cited—and the more obscure—points Johnson made about treating pain are the following:

"This is not a scientific problem. It's a problem of misguided public policy and misperceptions on the part of physicians and society."

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