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Pain as Human Experience - An Anthropological Perspective (Paperback, 1st Paperback Ed) Loot Price: R573
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Pain as Human Experience - An Anthropological Perspective (Paperback, 1st Paperback Ed)

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Paul Brodwin, Byron J. Good, Arthur Kleinman

Series: Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care, 31

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Chronic pain challenges the central tenet of biomedicine: that objective knowledge 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 innovative volume offer an entirely different, ethnographic 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 northeastern 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 ethnographic 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.

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Imprint: University of California Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care, 31
Release date: October 1994
First published: November 1994
Editors: Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good • Paul Brodwin • Byron J. Good • Arthur Kleinman
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 214
Edition: 1st Paperback Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-520-07512-2
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > General
Books > Medicine > Other branches of medicine > Anaesthetics > Pain & pain management
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > Medical anthropology
LSN: 0-520-07512-9
Barcode: 9780520075122

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