This course introduces pain as a public health problem. Topics covered include the definition of pain; the different qualities of acute and chronic pain; the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of pain; and psychological, sociological, and anthropological aspects of pain. Students will be taught to take a pain history, perform a physical examination, and assess pain and pain relief. The course introduces treatment options and discusses ethical issues related to pain management. The laboratory hours involve visits to the General Hospital and geriatric homes, and rounds with community nurses.