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Three recent blog highlights + some newsletter notes

 •  • by Paul Ingraham

Weekly nuggets of pain science news and insight, usually 100-300 words, with the occasional longer post. The blog is the “director’s commentary” on the core content of PainScience.com: a library of major articles and books about common painful problems and popular treatments. See the blog archives or updates for the whole site.

Here’s three blog posts from the first half of 2021 that were particularly satisfying for me to write, that felt like they exercised my skills as a writer more than most. I also hope they are among the most entertaining (as well as informative) that I have written lately:

  1. The one about how hypochondria is undoubtedly actually a real thing and probably common.
  2. The one about how retracted papers keep getting cited (and the accuracy of quote attributions).
  3. The one about the risk of pulmonary emboli caused by massage (and the defensive reactions of some massage therapists).

Business footnote about email delivery of posts, coming soon…

I picked out some highlights because I was taking a hard look at what I post, an exercise as I gear up to finally start delivering this blog by email — a long overdue option. RSS just doesn’t cut it anymore, if it ever did (I have had multiple conversations with readers recently who had no idea what it even is).

Reviewing post titles, I had two thoughts: these are fun titles but also I have no idea what any of these are about based on the titles, and I am the one who wrote them. So, going forward, look forward to some more descriptive titles. 😜

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