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The challenges of animal models of pain 

The challenges of animal models of pain
The challenges of animal models of pain

Muhammad Saad Yousuf

, and Bradley J. Kerr

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date: 27 October 2021

The landmark paper discussed in this chapter is ‘Animal models of pain: progress and challenges’, published in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience by Jeff Mogil of McGill University in 2009. The most common symptom across various medical conditions and a major reason for seeking physician consultation is pain. It is defined as ‘an unpleasant feeling or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage’. A large percentage of the research investigating the biological mechanisms of pain is performed on animals. Human studies of pain are limited by lack of practicality, subjectivity, and ethical considerations. This influential review by Mogil discusses the progress and challenges faced in studying pain using various animal models.

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