Category Archives: pain

Dalrymple’s gout

There was, writes Dalrymple,

no mistaking it. My right big toe was red, hot, swollen, tender, and painful. My foot swelled and I could put my shoe on only if I went through what athletes, in their gormless interviews, call the pain barrier.

Important information for torturers

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 13.17.38Dalrymple writes that experiments reported in the New England Journal of Medicine

offer the hope, perhaps illusory, that brain imaging techniques might one day distinguish between real and severe pain on the one hand from exaggerated or false pain on the other.