Chapter VIII. Sensory Lesions
.... Usually the pains from nerve hurts are either aching, shooting, or burning, or perhaps all three at once. Looking carefully through my notes as to this point, I find that in a considerable proportion of gunshot wounds of nerves there is principally burning pain, or at least that this is the prominent symptom, while in slight injuries of nerves from compression or contusions, the other forms of pain are more apt to prevail.
Perhaps few persons who are not physicians can realize the influence which long-continued and unendurable pain may have upon both body and mind. The older books are full of cases in which, after lancet wounds, the most terrible pain and local spasms resulted. When these had lasted for days or weeks, the whole surface became hyperaesthetic, and the senses grew to be only avenues for fresh and increasing tortures, until every vibration
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