Are Doctors Too Reluctant to Prescribe Opioids?

Pain is one of the most common reasons that people end up in the doctor’s office. And yet, until 1983, the field of pain management did not have its own medical society; today, the specialty still isn’t widely taught in medical schools. For centuries, doctors even debated whether eliminating pain was morally acceptable: would it, for instance, defeat God’s purpose in condemning Eve’s daughters to suffer in childbirth?

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