Kenneth L. Casey

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Kenneth Lyman Casey (born 1935) is professor emeritus of neurology and professor emeritus of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan, and consultant in neurology at the Ann Arbor Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.[1][2]


Casey studied medicine at the University of Washington (Seattle), did his internship at The New York Hospital (Cornell Medical Center), and postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and McGill University and joined the University of Michigan faculty, where he completed his training in neurology.[2] While at McGill, he and Ronald Melzack devised the now widely accepted model of the three dimensions of pain.[3][4] He was the first to record the responses of single neurons to noxious stimuli in an awake animal [5] and, with colleagues, to use functional brain imaging to show responses in the human brain specifically to heat pain as compared to increases in temperature.[6]


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  3. ^ W. Edward Craighead; Charles B. Nemeroff (11 November 2002). The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. John Wiley and Sons. p. 937. ISBN 978-0-471-27082-9. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Melzack, R; Casey, KL (1968). "Sensory, motivational and central control determinants of chronic pain: A new conceptual model". In Kenshalo, DR. The Skin Senses. Springfield, Illinois: Thomas. p. 432.
  5. ^ Casey, Kenneth (1966). "Unit analysis of nociceptive mechanisms in the thalamus of the awake squirrel monkey". Journal of Neurophysiology. 29: 727–750. 
  6. ^ Casey, Kenneth; Minoshima, S.; Berger, K.L.; Koeppe, R.A.; Morrow, T.J.; Frey,K.A. (1994). "Positron emission tomographic analysis of cerebral structures activated specifically by repetitive noxious heat stimuli". Journal of Neurophysiology. 71: 802–807.