When science journalist Paul Biegler hurt his knee, he was given painkillers and told he’d need surgery.

Then he read about the science of ‘pain mistakes’; the idea that your brain can think you have an injury when you no longer do.

Drawing from the methods he researched which can help reset the brain, such as hypnosis, virtual reality and ‘paced-up exercise’, Paul set out to fix himself.

How it turned out is the subject of in his new book: Why does it still hurt? How the power of knowledge can overcome chronic pain.


Paul Biegler, science journalist, former doctor and author

Bec Zajac, Producer

You can listen to the full interview with Hilary Harper on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters here