Medicine: Pain Relief's Founding Father

He uses an aluminum wrist cane to walk across the expansive living room of his Mercer Island, Wash., home. He walks surprisingly quickly, despite the ar thritis and 22 operations that have left his left leg 1 Yi in. shorter than his right. He cannot stand for more than seven minutes at a time without great pain. Says Dr.

John Bonica, 67, onetime professional wrestler and a prime mover in establishing the study of pain as a science: "If I wasn't as busy as I am, I would be a completely disabled guy."

Those millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain have...

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