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September 1, 1951

NERVE BLOCKING AND PAIN

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Temple University Hospital, Broad and Ontario St., Philadelphia 40.

JAMA. 1951;147(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670180085027

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The June 30 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association contains a group of excellent papers, presenting results in various pain syndromes following block of the stellate ganglion, various nerves or infiltration of painful tissues. Although in some instances the results are remarkable, the authors were unable to explain the reason for the relief in many cases. For example, Adams, in his article "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Block" (page 803), recalled a patient "who had a small painful area in the chest wall" which affected his life considerably. "He had it for three years and was most discouraged. He did not appear to be neurotic, but this small area of pain was coloring his whole life. The cause of his pain was not obvious but for diagnosis, I blocked the area involved. He obtained immediate relief and was dismissed when he was pain-free for 48 hours.

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