Years ago. doctors often said that pain was a normal part of life. In particular, when older patients 47 of pain, they were told it was a natural part of aging and they would have to learn to live with it.
Times have changed. Today, we lake pain _48_Indeed, pain is now considered the fifth vital ,as important as blood pressure, temperature, breathing rate and pulse in _49_ a person's well-being. We know that chronic (慢性的) pain can disrupt (扰乱的) a person's life, causing problems that. _50_from missed work to depression.
Thai's why a growing number of hospitals now depend upon physicians who_51_in pain medicine. Not only do we evaluate the cause of the pain, which can help us (real the pain belter, but we also help provide comprehensive therapy for depression and other psychological and social __52_Wrelated to chronic pain. Such comprehensive therapy often 53 the work of social workers.psychiatrists (心理阅读) and psychologists, as well as specialists in pain medicine.
This modern 54 for pain management has led to a wealth of innovative treatments which
arc more effeclive and with fewer side effects than ever before. Decades ago. there were only a
55 number of drugs available, and many of them caused 56 side effects in older people.
including dizziness and fatigue. This created a double-edged sword: the medications helped relieve
the pain but caused other problems that could be worse than the pain itself.
A) result I ) determining
B) involves J ) limited
C) significant K) gravely
D) range L) complained
E) relieved M) respect
F) issues N) prompting
G) seriously O) specialize