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Giving Chronic Pain a Medical Platform of Its Own
Friday, July 22, 2011 | Tara Parker-Pope | The New York Times

Most doctors view pain as a symptom of an underlying problem — treat the disease or the injury, and the pain goes away.

But for large numbers of patients, the pain never goes away. In a sweeping review issued last month, the Institute of Medicine — the medical branch of the National Academy of Sciences — estimated that chronic pain afflicts 116 million Americans, far more than previously believed. Click here for the full story.