Lower pain tolerance than who you might well ask. Why white males, of course, the people that the medical and pharmaceutical industries serve. The Boston Globe reports that “Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from migraines; African-Americans were 1.4 times as likely as whites to report recent pain that interfered with their lives; both white and black test subjects rate blacks’ pain as less intense than whites; women are up to 25 percent less likely than men to receive opiod painkillers when they come to the ER with acute abdominal pain”:
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If you stopped the average person in an emergency room and asked why she’s there—not just her guess at the problem, but what really motivated her to show up—the number one answer would be “pain.”
For all that modern medicine has learned about disease and treatment, it’s alleviating pain that still lies at the heart of the profession.