Today, I am turning my blog over to the wonderful woman who writes the blog, EDS Info. She has FM and EDS. I highly recommend you start following her blog. She brings light into the darkness of pain and its treatment. Today’s blog is a book review. Enjoy!
EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info
The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers review – Joanna Bourke’s erudite and witty study | Books | The Observer
While its alleviation has been a central quest for all societies, as she attests there has been very little written about the expression of pain and what variables may influence this.
In the heat of battle even the severely wounded may not feel pain if strong and diverting emotion is present.
On the other hand, individuals frequently fail to register physical distress because it is too ingrained in their everyday life to be differentiated
There is also the phenomenon of pain felt second hand by the sufferer’s intimates, leading to the willing suppression of expressions of pain
The book is divided into topics, some obvious: diagnosis, relief, sympathy; others more arcane: estrangement, metaphor, gesture, religion.
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Interesting piece one that is food for thought x
I’m glad you enjoyed it.