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The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers [Format Kindle]

Joanna Bourke

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This is a serious, absorbing book (John Hinton, Catholic Herald)

Joanna Bourkes brilliant study of pain shows us exactly why pain is both so very personal to each of us and so elusive to scientific description, even in the 21st century. (Sander Gilman, Irish Times)

The breadth of The Story of Pain is one of its principal strengths, as the book's fascinating and illuminating examples shift masterfully and continually across the Western world and between the 18th century and the present day ... Bourke has provided a remarkable book, which is both highly valuable in its own right and which also provides the groundwork and impetus for further study. The Story of Pain is a detailed, thought-provoking and fascinating piece of historical scholarship. (Dr. Jennifer Crane, Reviews in History)

Bourke's book is a magnificent feat of research ... As an insight into the roots of medical perspectives on pain, and why we're often so bad at tackling it, Bourke's history will help. (Gavin Francis, London Review of Books)

Bourke has interesting things to say about the language of pain ... [She] has read widely, and produced some interesting reflections on what it means to be in pain, how pain is socially structured and dealth with, as well as the limits of our contemporary embrace of chemical means of coping with pain. (Andrew Scull, The Times Literary Supplement)

The Story of Pain is a fascinating rousing story of mad and wanton cruelty: throughout human history, such shafts of compassion only occasionally and reluctantly break through. (Roger Lewis, Daily Mail)

What Bourke has given us is an extensive and beautifully organized collection of materials that will serve as an invaluable resource for researchers from many different disciplines. It is a formidable scholarly achievement, which sheds a varied and often unexpected light on one of the most pervasive and challenging aspects of human existence. (John Cottingham, Tablet)

It is a tightly argued account of pain as vital to the concerns of bioscientists and clinicians as it is to the interests of scholars of the humanities and the human sciences. (Brian Hurwitz, Times Higher Education)

This is a compelling history of a great source of human misery. (Leyla Sanai, Independent on Sunday)

[A] perceptive study. (Nature)

A serious, absorbing book (James McConnachie, Sunday Times)

Enthralling ... Drawing on philosophy, history, medicine, literature and even theology. The Story of Pain invites us to look again at a fundamental aspect of human life, and to reconsider the richness and the poverty of pain. (Richard Bennet, Lancet)

Erudite and witty ... Joanna Bourke is that rare bird, an academic who manages to combine erudite scholarship with a sharp wit and an accessible prose style. This is a bold and impressive book about an enemy that knows no historical or cultural bounds. (Salley Vickers, The Observer)

[A] riveting study, which feels timely and important. (Max Liu, The Independent)

The Story of Pain shines valuable light into a universal experience. (Nicholas Shakespeare, The Daily Telegraph)

The Story of Pain conveys sensations with wincing precision and an admirable humanity. (Simon Ings, New Scientist)

Ambitious and original. (Jonathan Rée, the guardian)

Enthralling. (Jim Young, Glycosmedia)

A book that deserves wide readership. (Church of England newspaper)

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 than our ancestors were? asks Joanna Bourke. Astonishing what I have learnt about pain from a historian, which will be of value in my clinical work. An absorbing and thought provoking book, a must read for pain physicians. (Professor Joanna Zakrzewska, UCL)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A VITAL GUIDEBOOK 15 août 2014
Par Kenneth E. MacWilliams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Joanna Bourke......is the real deal.

She is a very serious, highly respected, enormously talented British historian and academic at the University of London.

How good?

Well, most recently, less than one month ago, the British Academy elected her to be a Fellow.

This month the Oxford University Press has just published her newest book, which you are considering buying.

I hope you do. You will not be disappointed on any level.

And just to name one -- unless you are planning on dying in the manner and circumstances that happened to Adlai Stevenson, or instantaneously in some accident, most of us are going to travel a final road paved with considerable and increasing pain at the end of our lives.

It might behoove us to know a little more about this pain in advance, the better to deal with it, hopefully.

Professor Bourke's new book will help you with that, enormously. Especially since we all live in two worlds as Susan Sontag once wrote: "Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick."

I'm fortunate to have lived to be 77 (78 in a week). Most of my friends are of my general age. So I purchased a few copies since I know for certain that I will have keenly interested readers. But even if I were still 35 I would do the same. Pain knows no generational barriers, as Professor Bourke's brilliant comments about children make chillingly clear.

And if you are still on the fence about whether to buy this book, simply read the review of it in the August 21, 2014 issue of The London Review of Books.

Having been this highly positive in my recommendation to you of this book, I should also make clear that I do not know the author, have never met her (I wish I had), and that in no way am I connected with her, her book, her publisher, or the LRB. I just think it's one terrific book. The LRB is right to call it "a magnificent feat of research." No news there -- superb research is Bourke's trademark, along with a highly readable style; an unbeatable combination, those two.

Kenneth E. MacWilliams
Portland, Maine
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 a PhD thesis, labored but not comprehensive or compelling 16 août 2014
Par Keith Aspinall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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No one could deny the scholarship required to generate this book. However, it reads like a re-edited thesis. The basic assertion of the book is that pain is not purely physiological but is informed by 'social worlds': culture, frameworks, biases, perceptions of the higher morality of the sufferer. The first and last chapters are by far the best, but the book gets bogged down in repetitive details of the semantics of pain, without providing an adequate scientific basis of physiological pain which I believe necessary to carry the argument. There are many emerging novel hypotheses of the physicality of pain, these are not discussed in any detail, nor comprehensively. I learned a great deal of interest, particularly the historical etiology of our attitudes to suffering, but remain unconvinced. One of the best aspects of the book is its comprehensive notes and bibliography. I think the marketers are ahead of the content in the way it is represented, however.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pain is not a "thing", it's an experience 10 novembre 2014
Par B. F. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you're at all interested in pain and why people vary in the ways they deal with pain, this book is a must-read. It's written by historian Joanna Bourke, and traces the language used by people-in-pain and about people-in-pain. Pain is the ever-mysterious yet ubiquitous experience that has been variously thought to be a punishment, an experience to bring us closer to God, an out-of-balance body system and most recently, a neurobiological phenomenon.
Bourke takes us back to some of the early writings in medical journals like the British Medical Journal, The Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association to show us how our understanding and therefore our management of pain has shifted and changed as we define what is, and isn't, acceptable pain AND acceptable behaviour associated with pain.
Pain, and our behaviours as people-in-pain have been used to justify superiority of ethnic origin, gender, spirituality, education and socio-economic background. If you've ever thought that pain is simply about tissue damage, this book will very clearly articulate a counter-argument that should, if you're open to it, help you both as a person-in-pain and as an onlooker or clinician. I thoroughly recommend it as an absorbing read.
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