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- DescriptionChronic pain challenges the central tenet of biomedicine: that objective kwledge of the human body and mind is possible apart from subjective experience and social context. Sufferers, finding that chronic pain alters every aspect of life, often become frustrated and distrust a profession seemingly unable to explain or effectively treat their illness. The authors of this invative volume offer an entirely different, ethgraphic approach, searching out more effective ways to describe and analyze the human context of pain. How can we analyze a mode of experience that appears to the pain sufferer as an unmediated fact of the body and is yet so resistant to language? With case studies drawn from anthropological investigations of chronic pain sufferers and pain clinics in the rtheastern United States, the authors explore the great divide between the culturally shaped language of suffering and the traditional language of medical and psychological theorizing. They argue that the representation of experience in local social worlds is a central challenge to the human sciences and to ethgraphic writing, and that meeting that challenge is also crucial to the refiguring of pain in medical discourse and health policy debates. Anthropologists, scholars from the medical social sciences and humanities, and many general readers will be interested in Pain as Human Experience. In addition, behavioral medicine and pain specialists, psychiatrists, and primary care practitioners will find much that is relevant to their work in this book.
- Author BiographyMary-Jo DelVecchio Good is Associate Professor of Medical Sociology at Harvard Medical School. Paul E. Brodwin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Byron J. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School. Arthur Kleinman is Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry at Harvard University.
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication27/10/1994
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Series TitleComparative Studies of Health Systems & Medical Care
- Series Part/Volume Number31
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight59 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byArthur Kleinman,Byron J. Good,Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good,Paul E. Brodwin
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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