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Four articles on PainSci cite Fisher 1995: 1. The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome2. Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis3. Pain is Weird4. Mind Over Pain

PainSci commentary on Fisher 1995: ?This page is one of thousands in the PainScience.com bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided wherever possible.

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A builder aged 29 came to the accident and emergency department having jumped down on to a 15 cm nail. As the smallest movement of the nail was painful he was sedated with fentanyl and midazolam. The nail was then pulled out from below. When his boot was removed a miraculous cure appeared to have taken place. Despite entering proximal to the steel toecap the nail had penetrated between the toes: the foot was entirely uninjured.

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