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The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers

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Description for The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers Paperback. The story of pain and suffering since the eighteenth century. Prize-winning historian Joanna Bourke charts how our understanding of pain (and how to cope with it) has changed completely over the last three centuries. Num Pages: 416 pages, 31 black and white halftones. BIC Classification: 3J; HBTB; JFCX; MBX; MMBP; PDZ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 136 x 216 x 22. Weight in Grams: 500.
Everyone 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 ... Read more

Product Details

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Format
Paperback
Publication date
2017
Condition
New
Number of Pages
416
Place of Publication
Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN
9780199689439
SKU
V9780199689439
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About Bourke, Joanna
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's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A ... Read more

Reviews for The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers
Joanna Bourke has drawn a fascinating picture of pain from a very broad perspective both in terms of time and in the sources she uses. We see how attitudes to pain have changed over the centuries and how our modern technological advances are again changing how we communicate pain and its suffering. Are we less courageous when dealing with pain ... Read more

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