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2021 Jan

Indian J Anaesth



Pain medicine as a career.


Malhotra N, Joshi M, Gehdoo RP, Usmani H, Sharma G
Indian J Anaesth. 2021 Jan; 65(1):73-78.
PMID: 33767507.


Pain is one of the most common causes of seeking medical care. In the day to day clinical practice, incidence of pain of some origin is next only to common cold. The average life span of an Indian has also increased and this population is vulnerable to chronic and cancer pain. Anaesthesiologists are well-versed with the art and science of treating pain and their role as pain physician is a natural extension of the professional work. 'Pain Medicine' is growing as a speciality. Last two decades have seen an explosive growth in the scientific study of pain and anaesthesiologists taking up pain medicine as a career. Postgraduate students can certainly adopt this super speciality. This article highlights the merits and depicts various aspects of 'pain medicine' as a career.