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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Pain, not so much not so little

published on 19.02.2018

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience, typical of all living beings with a central nervous system. It works as an alarm signal, which warns and protects against physical damage. To survive, it is necessary to perceive the pain and react in time, fleeing or fighting it. In the report we will see that there are some people capable of controlling pain, such as boxers during a fight, or the fakirs in their shows. We also will discover that diabetes can cause insensitivity in the feet, and if not treated properly, can lead to amputations. And we will understand that chronic pain is a brain dysfunction, by which we perceive pain even when the stimulus that generated it has disappeared.
The following spoke: the boxers M. Isabel Desousa and Silvia Rodríguez, Juan Collado, Jordi Viadé, specialist in diabetic foot of the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Joan Deus of the Research Unit in Magnetic Resonance, Hospital del Mar, UAB, Jordi Monfort, chief of the Rheumatology Service, Hospital del Mar and UAB, Rafael Maldonado, Professor of Pharmacology, UPF, and the Fakir Kirman.