Pain responses in Nepalese porters

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Science  18 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4454, pp. 410-412
DOI: 10.1126/science.7384815


When tested by the method of limits, Nepalese had much higher pain thresholds to electrical stimulation than Occidentals did. Discriminability was the same for both groups, however, indicating that there were no neurosensory differences. Nepalese had higher (stoical) criteria for reporting pain but were not less sensitive to noxious stimulation. The battery of sensory measurement procedures described may be applied to any modality and are particularly applicable to difficult field conditions.