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Bruce Pomeranz
  1. Linda Rapson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Linda Rapson, Rapson Pain & Acupuncture Clinic, 207–600 Sherbourne St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4X 1W4; drrapson{at}

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Professor Bruce Pomeranz was a Canadian neuroscientist who spent 20 years trying to disprove the hypothesis that acupuncture analgesia is mediated by endorphins, and in so doing, laid the foundation for future research, which has clearly established that acupuncture has a solid basis in neurophysiology. Sadly, Dr Pomeranz died on 15 February 2013, in Toronto, of cancer.

In November 1976, news of his presentation to the Neurosciences Conference in Toronto reporting that naloxone blocked analgesia produced by electroacupuncture in anaesthetised cats made the front page of the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. It was exciting to see. As a physician working at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (AFC) Clinic since early 1975, I had seen plenty of good to excellent results …

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