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Doctors Learn to Control Their Own Brains' Pain Responses to Better Treat Patients
September 27, 2007
Physicians apparently learn to "shut off" the portion of their brain that helps them appreciate the pain their patients experience while treating them, and instead, activate a portion of the brain connected with controlling emotions, according to research using brain scans at the University of Chicago. Because doctors sometimes have to inflict pain on their patients as part of the healing process, they also must develop the ability to not be distracted by the suffering.
University of Chicago
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