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Dr. Smith and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic have prepared an elegant but expensive atlas of pain patterns dealing with some of the commoner causes of pain arising from lesions in the upper abdomen. The more we study and analyze pain the less susceptible it is to definition and understanding. All our efforts to pin it down, to diagram it, to draw maps of its localization and charts of paths by which it may spread or regions to which it may be referred fall short of realization. Therefore, every effort directed at a closer comprehension of pain and its primary role in differential diagnosis, particularly in persons with acute surgical calamities, is all to the good. The upper abdomen is a time-honored battleground for many various pains. This book will appeal to undergraduate students and should be helpful for surgeons as well as internists. The experienced clinician who can
Bean WB. An Atlas of Pain Patterns: Sites and Behavior of Pain in Certain Common Diseases of the Upper Abdomen. Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(2):323. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620080155025
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