THE BOOK

“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.

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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



Book Chapters

 01. What are the parallels between physical suffering and existential suffering? 
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Prof. Rita Charon, Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, USA Dr. Paul Dawalibi, Philosophy, Institut Catholique de Paris, France   {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 03. Does emotional pain express itself through the body? 
Gillian Bendelow
Prof. Gillian Bendelow, Sociology, University of Sussex, UK Prof. Esther Cohen, History, The Hebrew Univ. Israel {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 05. What are the limits of empathy in Pain? 
Hillel Braude
MD, Dr. Hillel Braude, Clinical Ethics, McGill University, Canada Prof. Jean Decety, Neurobiology, Psychiatry, University of Chicago, USA {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 07. How does suffering emerge from chronic pain? 
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Dr. Catherine Kerr, Neuroscience, Brown University, USA Dr. Camila Valenzuela, Psychology, University of Paris Descartes, France Dr. Yoshio Nakamura, Biomedical, University of Utah, USA {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 09. How the attitudes towards the sufferer differ? 
Sandra Kamping
Dr. Sandra Kamping, Psychology, Neuroscience, Central Institute, Germany Prof. Onno Van Der Hart, Psychopathology, Utrecht University, Netherlands {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 11. Can Pain and Suffering be shared through language? 
Chryssoula Lascaratou
Prof. Chryssoula Lascaratou, Linguistics, University of Athens, Greece Prof. Lambros Couloubaritsis, Philosophy, University of Brussels, Belgium {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 02. Why people are exploitive of others’ suffering or pain? 
Marina Nemat
Marina Nemat, a writer and torture survivor, Iran/Canada Dr. Amanda Williams, Clinical Psychology, University College London, UK   {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 04. Can pain and suffering be measured? 
Ken Craig  Sascha Fink
Prof. Ken Craig, Psychology, University of British Columbia, USA Sascha Fink, Philosophy, University of Osnabrück, Germany {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 06. Can the understanding of Pain & Suffering end Suffering? 
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Prof. Sumio Hoka: Dr. Smadar Bustan, Philosophy, University of Luxembourg Hin Hung Sik, Buddhism, University of Hong Kong Prof. Sumio Hoka, Anesthesiology, Palliative Care, Kyushu University, Japan {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 08. Does individual Pain or Suffering exist? 
Prof. Denis Mellier
Prof. Denis Mellier, Clinical Psychology, University of Franche-Comté, France Dr. Otniel Dror, History of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Israel {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 10. How does suffering transform social consciousness? 
Iain Wilkinson Cindy Halpern
Dr. Iain Wilkinson, Sociology, University of Kent, UK Dr. Cindy Halpern, Political Science, Swarthmore College, USA {Video editing and sound improving by: Gaëtan Pecoraro editing and technical advisor University...

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 12. What is pain; Is pain real? 
Dr. Martin Diers, Neuroscience, Central Institute, Germany Dr. Finn Nortvedt, Nursing, University of Applied Sciences,...

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