There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
- John Hoyer Updike
This article is reposted from the old Wordpress incarnation of Not Exactly Rocket Science. The blog is on holiday until the start of October, when I'll return with fresh material.
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The implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a device
placed under the
skin, near the heart. It delivers an electric shock to the
heart when a dangerous abnormal rhythm is detected. As you
might suspect, it hurts when this shock occurs (doctors call it a "
In November 2007, I had a longish article in Best Life Magazine on the psychology of chronic back pain. Apparently, the version of the article on the Best Life website no longer works, and I regularly get emails from people asking to read the actual text. So in order to establish a future reference…