“Fundamental Transdisciplinary Questions on Suffering and Pain”, edited by Smadar Bustan, PhD, University of Luxembourg, comprises a profound, comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of the nature of suffering and pain, Publisher Springer NY. It includes chapters authored by representatives of a broad range of scholarly and scientific disciplines, addressing human pain and suffering as a core challenge. Physicians, philosophers, scholars from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, literature, sociology, history, linguistics, many of whom are fully invested in pain research, touch upon cardinal matters in proposing original advances and innovative thinking.
A MULTIDIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS
Most investigators in the field of pain focus upon the experience of pain, usually conceptualized in terms of the IASP definition, “Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” (IASP, 1994). While this provides a common grounding for scholarly work, it does not fully capture the complexity of the multidimensional experience of human suffering. The subjective experience of pain invariably is elaborated in remarkably complex ways to yield the phenomenon of human suffering.
We seek to represent and understand this complexity as understood by the different disciplines represented in this volume. The book is unique in the scope and depth of analysis of pain and suffering and there are no competitors available to scholars, scientists and practitioners interested in the complexities of this theme. Understanding pain and suffering from this broad perspective is crucial to our commitments to improve pain relief worldwide.
A TRANDISCIPLINARY, INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE.
Each of the 24 contributors to the Volume has a long-term commitment to elucidating issues in the field, as evidenced by their participation in the international and interdisciplinary group on Suffering and Pain. Workshops in 2009 and 2011 funded by the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop Award and the University of Luxembourg have provided opportunities for these researchers to share perspectives and to engage in critical analysis. We have developed a series of key questions that must be addressed. Each originally written chapter of the proposed volume treats one fundamental question on the topic and is co-authored by 2 or 3 scholars representing different fields, cultures and countries when debating or complementing their views on the issues raised. The papers are written individually, with co-authored statements already integrating their longstanding dialogue and common examination.
REFERENCE: IASP. (1994) Pain Terms, A Current List with Definitions and Notes on Usage (pp 209-214). Classification of Chronic Pain, Second Edition, IASP Task Force on Taxonomy, edited by H. Merskey and N. Bogduk, ISAP Press, Seattle, 1994. www.iasp-pain.org