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What would happen if we didn't feel pain?

A few unfortunate individuals have a congenital absence of pain sensation. They do not fare well due to repeated bodily insults that go unnoticed. People with an acquired deficiency in the pain sensation (e.g., diabetic neuropathy or neurosyphilis) can develop a severe destructive arthritis -- a result of repeated minor joint injuries that are overlooked. 

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