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Psychosomatic pain in the ER

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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I stumbled across a Very Bad Paper while studying the question of whether psychosomatic pain exists (much more on that topic over the next few weeks).

The insane gist of it — I’m paraphrasing, of course — is that pain in the ER is probably psychosomatic if it can’t be explained… and likely if you’re a woman, a teen, or just if your doctor thinks you’re not the sharpest tool in the shed. 🙄

And not a shred of compelling evidence to support any diagnostic criteria for this “psychosomatic pain.” Just profiling! In 2021. Jebus.