Mathematical modelling of acute pain

N. F. Britton, S. M. Skevington, M. A. J. Chaplain

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Abstract

    It is an idea going back to Descartes and further, and held by most scientists until at least around the turn of the century, that the body has a hard-wired pain system where the instantaneous intensity of the stimulus at a particular point determines the pain felt there. This idea is incorrect in at least four respects. In this paper we model a more modern theory of pain and compare the results of the model with experimental data. The strengths and weaknesses of the model are pointed out and it is concluded that the model is a good one for acute, but not for chronic, pain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1119-1124
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Biological Systems
    Volume3
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

    Keywords

    • Mathematical modelling
    • Acute pain

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Mathematical modelling of acute pain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Britton, N. F., Skevington, S. M., & Chaplain, M. A. J. (1995). Mathematical modelling of acute pain. Journal of Biological Systems, 3(4), 1119-1124. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0218339095001003