The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt and What We Can Do About It Paperback – 2 Oct 1997
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From the Back Cover
A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN? Can such a place exist? It not only can---it does. But it's no utopia. It's a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences. His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God's great gifts to us. In this inspiring story of his fifty-year career as a healer, Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and reveals its importance. As an indicator that lets us know something is wrong, pain has a value that becomes clearest in its absence. The Gift of Pain looks at what pain is and why we need it. Together, the renowned surgeon and award-winning writer Philip Yancey shed fresh light on a gift that none of us want and none of us can do without.
About the Author
Dr. Paul Brand, son to missionary parents, was a world-renowned hand surgeon and pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He trained in medicine at the University College Hospital in London and and later gained his surgical qualifications whilst working as a casualty surgeon in the London Blitz. After visiting a Leprosy Sanatorium at Chingleput, he was motivated to explore the reasons behind the deformities of this disease. A donation from a missionary woman helped him establish the New Life Rehabilitative Center, which helped dispel the stigma of leprosy amongst medical professionals. He authored and coauthored several books, including Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image. Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com
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Top Customer Reviews
People of any philosophical or religious persuasion will enjoy this ecumenical book, especially since it addresses an issue common to us all. The writing is not overly technical or heavy, and numerous illustrations/stories make this a very readable book. I found the book helpful for understanding the dual nature of pain ("For good and for ill, the human species has among its privileges the preeminence of pain,"), and appreciated the helpful discussion about learning to cope with it.
Nonetheless, it was written in such an interesting way that I didn’t skim; there were extra reminiscences and asides which, as ever, were fascinating to read. There were also several medical histories which I had not previously read about.
Excellent! Highly recommended. Christian input is low-key so likely to be of interest to anyone.
I first came across this book whilst travelling in India, my visit including some work among the street lepers in Hydrabad. Whilst have to say that I do not agree with all of Dr Brands conclusions I must say it helped enormously to open my understanding of this intenselsy difficult topic. As an autobiographical account of his life it is fascinating. As an informative book about the causes and progress of leprosy it is illuminating. As a reflection on pain (in particular) and suffering (in general) it is outstanding. It is, in places, not for the faint hearted -some of the accounts he gives are quite graphic - but it is never gratuitously so. Since reading this I have recommended and passed it on to several people, young and old some with and some without religious convictions(indeed my own copy seems to have gone 'walkabout'! The response has been extremely positive, including descriptions such as 'fascinating'. 'amazing' 'mind-opening', 'best I've read', 'what else has he written? I want it'.
I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this book fascinating.Learnt so much about pain in different parts of the world and how people cope.The author explains things very well.Published on 14 April 2014 by Ks And Rm Barclay
What a wonderful read, it put my daily aches and pains into context and I would recommend this to anybody especially those who are feeling miserable!Published on 7 Jan. 2013 by S Perry
This book is fantastic...it highlights why our bodies need pain, to be able to stop us so we can get better and not really by masking pain and sometimes making this worse. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2011 by Nins
An inspiring read and truly humbling.
Read this, it will open your eyes and mind.
Paul Brand was a very gifted surgeon. He was well known for surgical work with the Leprosy in patients in India and his other book - the Clinical Mechanics of the Hand - is a... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by Dr. A. Pawade