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Ever wonder who visits painonline?


PainOnline has visitors from all over the world. Thanks to the internet, even someone in the most remote country can access information on central pain. This is rewarding to contemplate for those who devote time and energy to disseminating information and education about central pain.

Thanks to Urchin, recently purchased by Google, painonline is able to determine where visitors reside and which articles they read. The list is as long as the list of nations. It is gratifying to see them here. Considering that twenty years ago the condition was poorly known even in the United States, (even though it was arguably first described in detail in the U.S. by Weir Mitchell), there is a surprisingly broad awareness of central pain in the various countries, thanks in part to the hard work of the staff at databases such as painonline and because of the hard work of pain scientists who present data at important conferences.

Currently, painonline receives approximately 1000 to 2500 hits per day. The United States leads, with the United Kingdom next, followed by Canada, and then Australia. Painonline hopes to expand more into Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, but lack the translators to make this happen. The all time favorite article is the one written by Alan Hess, Central Pain Update, which has consistently led in readership. Visitors to the site from drug companies prefer the scientific articles, with a definite bent toward things written by Nobel prize winners and the like (the work here on the insular cortex and the painfulness of pain was one of the very earliest in the world); while those who actually have central pain prefer the personal stories, such as the one by Mr. Hess, which is one of the world’s great pieces of literature, albeit of a genre which has not been recognized until now.

Whether you “hang out in the hood” or wear one behind your neck on the graduation podium, we honor you. You deserve a cure for your pain; or, alternatively, our deep gratitude for your attempts to find a cure. We welcome all these readers with an interest in Central Pain and thank them for their thoughtful comments. We are also indebted to the many scientists who have served to write articles. We usually do not name one particular author since contributions are often aggregated from multiple sources to write on particular topics.

Special thanks to Kevin McHenry for making it all happen and to Karen Musick for the wonderful and expressive illustration which is found on the opening page. (left click on it to learn more about her) Karen knows what having Central Pain means. We received the Silver Web Award from the Nursing Organization, missing the Gold for the typographical errors. It might have been different if they had known our volunteer typist takes so much Elavil for pain that accomodation to near vision is not possible. Hence, the typos. We could not function without our volunteers.