Daily Archives: October 14, 2014

** The Story of Pain by Joanna Bourke


Written by a psychiatrist, The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers explores how pain has been viewed and managed since the 18th century, and how very difficult it is to both measure pain and treat it, even if we no longer see pain as a God-given method of self-improvement. The author makes a convincing case of how we teach children the “right” way to deal with pain in our culture, making it very different from other medical experiences. Very interesting, even if the language could stand to be less  formal.

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