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Pain Less

This exhibition closed on 31 August 2013.

Pain Less featured in the Antenna gallery and investigated the future of pain relief.

Last year, nearly 6 billion painkillers were sold in the UK. Pain is a constant reality for some people, especially if you're one of the 1 in 5 who suffer from relentless chronic pain.

We treat pain with drugs that haven’t really changed for decades. Is there a better way to control pain?

Explore pain through the stories of extraordinary people who deal with it every day – from the patient who suffers with chronic pain in his missing limb, to the man who feels no pain at all.

How are scientists working to create the perfect pain relief? Geneticists decode DNA to find out how pain works in the body. Neuroscientists examine brain activity to discover how emotion affects how we feel pain. Researchers ask, do we really feel no pain during surgery under anaesthetic? Or do we simply not remember it? How might this affect us?

Pain Less aimed to introduce visitors to the latest pain research through personal stories, scientific discovery, fascinating objects, films and even games.

For more information on anaesthesia and pain, visit the Royal College of Anaesthetists' Pain Less page.

Introduction to Pain Less

Accessibility aids

A large print version of the gallery text is available at sciencemuseum.org.uk/painlesslargeprint

Pain Less

The future of relief
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