Joanna Bourke- The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers

The Story of Pain From Prayer to Painkillers

The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers / by Joanna Bourke.

“The story of pain and suffering since the eighteenth century Addresses the big questions about the experience and nature of suffering – and how to respond to it. Charts how our understanding of pain has changed completely over the last three centuries – from positive function to ultimate evil. A fascinating investigation for the 21st century reader into how we have coped with suffering in the past – both our own suffering and that of the ones we love.”  Oxford University Press

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Dr. Kenneth Craig appointed into the Order of Canada

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kenneth Craig, who was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada.

On July 1, 2015, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the new appointments to the Order of Canada in recognition of “outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” A world-renowned pain expert, Dr. Craig’s research focuses upon pain assessment and management, socialization of individual differences in pain experience and expression, social parameters of care delivery and pain in infants, children and people with communication limitations.

From: The University of British Columbia website

 

An Interdisciplinary Symposium

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PASCOM at the Interdisciplinary Symposium (Health and Phenomenology) at OXFORD UNIVERSITY, Torch Research Center

“On the 27th & 28th March, the Oxford Phenomenology Network hosted this inaugural conference at the Oxford Research Centre in The Humanities, bringing together a wide array of disciplines for a fascinating exchange of ideas, research, and critique within the context of medical and phenomenological studies in health. Its mission statement was to “explore the interrelations between phenomenology and health from a wide variety of perspectives” (event organisers Cleo Hanaway-Oakley and Erin Lafford; see Cleo’s post on the Life of Breath blog, ‘To breath is all that is required‘). This was certainly achieved, via talks on subjects from philosophical, medical, literary and scientific perspectives including the phenomenology of mental health; of disability; of motherhood; in literature; of living and dying; of breast cancer; in medical encounters, and many more. “

“Most of the talks were relevant to our project remit by virtue of the focus on phenomenology and health. However, some themes stood out, including link between chronic pain and breathlessness that runs through several previous posts (see, for example, Breathless in Cambridge and Signal Failure? Thinking outside the lung). Indeed, the conference provided refreshing opportunities to see how phenomenological insights have guided research. This was shown in Smadar Bustan and Sandra Kamping’s paper on combining phenomenology and experimental pain research. It reminded me of how models such as ‘total pain’ have been used to create analogous ‘total dyspnoea’ models, and how these alternative models incorporate a fuller picture of the impact of pain and suffering on the whole embodied and socially-situated person, rather than focusing on symptoms.”

Breathless in Oxford

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