If any treatment worked really well for any painful problem, it would be the only one to discuss. There wouldn’t be a plethora of treatments to consider. There wouldn’t be a bunch of imperfect options for me to review in my books. Which is why Chekhov wrote this:
Like most writers, I collect quotes that add colour, gravitas, or support to my own writing, and there are dozens of them around PainScience.com. So, how could I have never noticed this quotation before? Funny how even the apt-est can escape a writer’s attention for years at a time!
When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can’t be cured.
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
I launched a new page today: Painful Quotations: More than two hundred selected quotations about aches, pains, injury, therapy, recovery, and critical thinking.