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November 12, 2003

Pain Management

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr DeAngelis is Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2480-2481. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2480

One of the greatest treasures in The Vatican Museum is the Laocoōn, a sculpture from 25 BC of the Trojan priest Laocoōn and his 2 sons depicting his mighty but futile struggle with sea snakes.1 The writhing figure and facial expression of Laocoōn is the epitome of physiognomic pain (see Patient Page). Anyone who has ever experienced pain can immediately identify with the agony depicted.

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