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    DescriptionEveryone 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? As Joanna Bourke shows in this fascinating investigation, people have come up with many different answers to these questions over time. And a history of pain can tell us a great deal about how we might respond to our own suffering in the present - and, just as importantly, to the suffering of those around us.


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    Title
    The Story of Pain
    Subtitle
    From Prayer to Painkillers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joanna Bourke
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 778 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199689422
    ISBN 10: 0199689423
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: JHMP, MBX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16920
    DC22: 616.0472
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Abridged Dewey: 100
    LC classification: BD
    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000, N67180000
    BISAC V2.8: MED093000
    BIC subject category V2: 3J
    BISAC V2.8: SOC057000
    DC23: 306.46109
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/MEDTAS
    Illustrations note
    31 black and white halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of nine books, including histories of modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape. Among others, she is the author of Dismembering the Male: Men'sBodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005) and Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present (2007), and What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present (2011). An Intimate History of Killing won the Wolfson Prize and the Fraenkel Prize, and 'Eyewitness', her audio history of Britain, won a number of prizes, including the Gold for the Most Original Audio. She is also a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, and a regular newspaper correspondent.
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction ; 2. Estrangement ; 3. Metaphor ; 4. Religion ; 5. Diagnosis ; 6. Gesture ; 7. Sentience ; 8. Sympathy ; 9. Pain Relief