London's Science Museum has created a new exhibition that examines the way pain is treated.
Using a number of real life stories, Pain Less: The Future of Pain Relief, looks at the way pain has traditionally been dealt with as well as exploring new developments to reduce dependency on pain killers and adopt less traditional methods of coping.
Visitors staying at central London hotels will be able to learn more about studies such as the story of Steven Pete, who is incapable of feeling pain compared with Peter King, a phantom limb patient.
Last year saw around six billion painkillers used in the UK and the exhibition suggests there could be more effective ways of tackling chronic pain.
Suzy Antoniw, head of content for the exhibition, said: "All of us have a personal relationship to pain, but is our current way of dealing with pain working or do we need to think differently? A world without pain could be dangerous, but for the one in five who live in chronic pain, it could be life-changing.
"The Science Museum's new Pain Less exhibition explores the future of pain relief and whether new understanding of the link between the brain and body can help us find ways to overcome pain. Pain Less encourages us to consider what a future with less pain would mean for us."
Admission to the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public every day from 10am to 6pm. The Science Museum is popular with tourists enjoying London city breaks and welcomes around 2.8 million people each year. A visit can be combined with the two other major museums based on Exhibition Road, in South Kensington – the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.