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A Closer Look (The Pain Scale) Part I #186368

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 24, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Series on the management of pain introduced; statistics on chronic pain and new pain relievers cited. [Memorial Sloan- Kettering pain specialist Dr. Kathleen FOLEY - says Americans live in a culture of pain; describes the complexities of how pain works in the body; says science is getting close to being able to control pain.]

(New York: John McKenzie) The failure of the training of doctors in pain management examined; details given of misdiagnosis of chronic pain and the consequences. [Recovering surgery patient Jacqueline BURGER - recounts her pain.] [Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Don LONG - says misdiagnosis leads to erroneous treatment.] [Cornell Medical College Dr. Eric CASSELL - says the training focuses on medical problems and not the patient.] [Beth Israel Medical Center Dr. Russell PORTENOY - says doctors don't prescribe pain killers.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's segment previewed.

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John
Duration:
00:06:10

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