The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers book review

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!

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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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  2 comments for “The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers book review

  1. June 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Interesting piece one that is food for thought x


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