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The story of pain : from prayer to painkillers, Joanna Bourke

Label
The story of pain : from prayer to painkillers
Title
The story of pain
Title remainder
from prayer to painkillers
Statement of responsibility
Joanna Bourke
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Everyone knows what is feels like to be in pain. Scraped knees, toothaches, migraines, giving birth, cancer, heart attacks, and heartaches: pain permeates our entire lives. We also witness other people - loved ones - suffering, and we 'feel with' them. It is easy to assume this is the end of the story: 'pain-is-pain-is-pain', and that is all there is to say. But it is not. In fact, the way in which people respond to what they describe as 'painful' has changed considerably over time. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example, people believed that pain served a specific (and positive) function - it was a message from God or Nature; it would perfect the spirit. 'Suffer in this life and you wouldn't suffer in the next one'. Submission to pain was required. Nothing could be more removed from twentieth and twenty-first century understandings, where pain is regarded as an unremitting evil to be 'fought'. Focusing on the English-speaking world, this book tells the story of pain since the eighteenth century, addressing fundamental questions about the experience and nature of suffering over the last three centuries. How have those in pain interpreted their suffering - and how have these interpretations changed over time? How have people learnt to conduct themselves when suffering? How do friends and family react? And what about medical professionals: should they immerse themselves in the suffering person or is the best response a kind of professional detachment?
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bourke, Joanna
Dewey number
  • 152.4/2
  • 616.0472
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BJ1409
  • BF515
LC item number
  • .B58 2014
  • .B68 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WL 11.1
NLM item number
B774s 2014
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pain perception
  • Pain
  • Pain
  • English language
  • Pain
  • English language
  • Pain
  • Pain perception
  • Pain
  • Pain
  • Pain
  • Pain Management
Label
The story of pain : from prayer to painkillers, Joanna Bourke
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Estrangement -- Metaphor -- Religion -- Diagnosis -- Gesture -- Sentience -- Sympathy -- Pain relief
Control code
000154804
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 396 pages
Isbn
9780199689422
Lccn
2013948402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154804
  • (OCoLC)881509116
Label
The story of pain : from prayer to painkillers, Joanna Bourke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Estrangement -- Metaphor -- Religion -- Diagnosis -- Gesture -- Sentience -- Sympathy -- Pain relief
Control code
000154804
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 396 pages
Isbn
9780199689422
Lccn
2013948402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154804
  • (OCoLC)881509116

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