Suppression of Pain by Sound

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Science  01 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3418, pp. 32-33
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3418.32


A procedure involving music and noise has been effective in suppressing pain in 5000 dental operations. The music promotes relaxation, and the noise (the main agent) directly suppresses pain. The dental procedure and results are described, and an explanatory hypothesis is suggested.