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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; New edition edition (27 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674399684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674399686
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an interesting and important study. The translation has been well done.--Anthony Campbell "Journal of Consciousness Studies [UK] "

Roselyne Rey presents a detailed history of the medical treatment of pain from Antiquity to the 1950s. In brief sections on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman medical practice, on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, on the 'Classical Age' and the Enlightenment, the author runs through some 3,000 years of medical history, demonstrating the very ambiguous and frequently ambivalent attitude towards suffering held by medical parctitioners.--Tim Hitchcock "Social History of Medicine "

We know quite a bit about the development of certain pain relievers and have often heard the story of anaesthesia...but we know much less of the broader cultural history of pain. This historical gap is addressed by this splendid book...Dr. Rey has used pain as a key medical, biological, cultural and philosophical theme; she has fashioned a history of medicine around the concept of pain...She has undertaken a large task and carried it out with great success. To capture as much of our changing views of such a large topic as she has managed to do in a 350-page book is a considerable feat.--Gert H. Brieger "Nature Medicine "

An elegant treatment of the history of pain...readable and fascinating... I know of nothing comparable.--John C. Liebeskind, Founding President, International Pain Foundation, and Past President, American Pain Society

An intriguing analysis of the evolving influences of society and culture on pain thresholds throughout the ages.--New Scientist

In this erudite and broadly conceived work, Rey discusses the social construction of pain in Western history from antiquity to modern times.--Choice

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Throughout the ages pain has intrigued those who focus on the soul and the sacred in equal measure to those who specialize in the body and medicine. The author draws upon multidisciplinary sources to explore this universally shared experience. From classical anitiquity to the 20th-century, she contrasts the different cultural perceptions of pain in each period, as well as the medical theories advanced to explain its mechanisms, and the various therapeutic remedies formulated to relieve those suffering from it.

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