In 1931, the French medical missionary Dr Albert Schweitzer wrote, “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself”. Seventy years on, chronic pain sufferers cannot agree more with this statement, while clamouring for help from family physicians and specialists, and even ‘therapists’ who promise to offer pain relief using unconventional methods or bizarre potions. Some persons would even contemplate suicide in order to avoid suffering pain for the rest of their lives.
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