Author Affiliation: Dr DeAngelis is Editor, JAMA.
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.
DeAngelis CD. Pain Management. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2480-2481. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2480