To study the conduction velocity of the spinothalamic tract (STT) we delivered CO2 laser pulses, evoking pinprick sensations, to the skin overlying the vertebral spinous processes at different spinal levels from C5 to T10 and recorded evoked potentials (LEPs) in 15 healthy human subjects. These stimuli yielded large-amplitude vertex potentials consisting of a negative wave at a peak latency of about 200 ms followed by a positive wave at a peak latency of about 300 ms. The mean conduction velocity of the STT was 21 m/s, i.e. higher than the reported velocity of the corresponding primary sensory neurons (type II AMH). Because dorsal stimulation readily yields reproducible brain LEPs, we expect this technique to be useful as a diagnostic tool for assessing the level of spinal cord lesions.