With increasing understanding of the role of the brain and mind in health, and rightly so, here is a TED talk with Oliver Sacks, the great neurologist and writer. In terms of pain we must think about the different dimensions (physical, cognitive, emotional) and how they integrate in the individual according to their blend of genetics, experiences, epigenetics (how these two come together), their beliefs, behaviours and environment. This is very much the way in which Oliver Sacks addresses his patients, as individuals and not as conditions. I learned this very early from reading his work and observing healthcare in practice. It is the only way that is tangible and effective.
Here is the bio: ‘Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.’