Medicine: Short Circuit

Pain, most doctors believe, is a good thing in small doses. It is often the only warning of some invisible internal disorder. But Dr. Angelo Luigi Soresi, onetime professor of surgery at New York's old Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital, disagrees with the vast majority of his colleagues. Pain, he insists, is not a physiological (and therefore ' normal) sensation, but pathological—experienced only after a breakdown somewhere in the nervous system. Pain cannot be normal, Soresi argues, because he does not believe that receptors for pain have been found among the nerve...

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