Book ID: CBB078010554

Pain: A Very Short Introduction (2017)


Boddice, Rob (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 144 pp.
Language: English

What is pain? Has the experience of pain always been the same? How is pain related to the emotions, to culture, and to pleasure? What happens to us when we feel pain? How does pain work in the body and in the brain?In this Very Short Introduction, Rob Boddice explores the history, culture, and medical science of pain. Charting the shifting meanings of pain across time and place, he focuses on how the experience and treatment of pain have changed. He describes historical hierarchies of pain experience that related pain to social class and race, and the privileging of human states of pain over that of other animals. From the pain concepts of classical antiquity to expressions of pain in contemporary art, and modern medical approaches to the understanding, treatment, and management of pain, Boddice weaves a multifaceted account of this central human experience. Ranging from neuroscientific innovations in experimental medicine to the constructionist arguments of social scientists, pain is shown to resist a timeless definition. Pain is physical and emotional, of body and mind, and is always experienced subjectively and contextually. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review Leticia Fernández-Fontecha (2018) Review of "Pain: A Very Short Introduction". Social History of Medicine (pp. 671-672). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Vecchio, Silvana
Casagrande, Carla
Opinel, Annick
Cohen, Esther
Mauro, Letterio
Coucke, Gijs
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Journal of American Culture
American Historical Review
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
University of Chicago Press
Random House
Boydell Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Pittsburgh Press
Emotions; passions
Medicine and science, relationships
Experience; witness
Medicine and culture
Science and culture
Roux, Émile
Alighieri, Dante
Albertus Magnus
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Oresme, Nicole
Petrus de Abano
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
19th century
17th century
United States
Vienna (Austria)
Institut Pasteur, Paris

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