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Unrequited Love Hurts: The Medicalization of Broken Hearts Is Therapy, Not Enhancement

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1. Earp BD, Sandberg A, Savulescu J. The medicalization of love. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2015;24:323–36.

2. Quoted in Parens E. On good and bad forms of medicalization. Bioethics 2013;27(1):28–35, at 33.

3. Aron A, Fisher H, Mashek DG, Strong G, Haifang L, Brown LL. Reward, motivation, and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love. Journal of Neurophysiology 2005;94(1):327–3, at 327.

4. Fisher HE, Brown LL, Aron A, Strong G, Mashek DG. Reward, addiction, and emotion regulation systems associated with rejection in love. Journal of Neurophysiology 2010;104:51–6, at 51.

5. See note 4, Fisher et al. 2010, at 75.

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8. See note 4, Fisher et al. 2010, at 58.

9. Kross E, Berman MG, Mischel W, Smith EE, Wager TD. Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2011;108:6270–5, at 6270.

10. See note 9, Kross et al. 2011, at 6273.

11. DeWall CN, MacDonald G, Webster GD, Masten CL, Baumeister RF, Powell C, et al. Acetaminophen reduces social pain: Behavioral and neural evidence. Psychological Science 2010;21(7):931–7, at 935. doi:10.1177/0956797610374741.

12. See note 11, DeWall et al. 2010, at 935.

13. McArthur N. The heart outright: A comment on “If I Could Just Stop Loving You.” The American Journal of Bioethics 2013;13:11, 2425, at 25. doi:10.1080/15265161.2013.839773.

14. Earp BD, Wudarczyk OA, Sandberg A, Savulescu J. If I could just stop loving you: Anti-love biotechnology and the ethics of a chemical breakup. The American Journal of Bioethics 2013;13(11):317.

15. See note 13, McArthur 2013, at 25.

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