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Story of Pain From Prayer to Painkillers

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ISBN-10: 0199689423

ISBN-13: 9780199689422

Edition: 2014

Authors: Joanna Bourke

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Everyone knows what it feels like to be in pain. We also witness other people - loved ones - suffering, and we 'feel with' them. But how do we communicate pain to others? Many people in pain start by saying 'it cannot be expressed in words'... and then go on to give very 'wordy' accounts of their feelings. Most of us assume that pain-is-pain-is-pain. But it is not. How people respond to what they describe as 'painful' has changed over time. In the eighteenth andnineteenth 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'.…    
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.30" wide x 6.10" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English