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The History of Pain Paperback – 27 Feb 1998
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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
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.See all Product description
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Great read for those with chronic
14 February 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Great read for those with chronic, and/or severe pain and their friends and family!! Read this before you tell you friend or relative who says she is in severe pain and telling them to have a "stiff upper lip", or to concentrate on positive things. It doesn't work! Doctors need to read this to, and believe their patients!!!! This is especially important in light of the so-called opioid crisis and those of us who have had a out very long time pain relief .taken away from us out of fear that we might become "addicted" or overdose. I quit mine, on the insistence of my doctor, with no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. After a few weeks my pain just returned. So all concerned need to read this book and how attitudes toward pain change with the tims. For now, pain is to be endured alleviated by long tried but short term and ultimately unsuccessful non-medicinal methods.
Concentration on French sources
1 August 2004 - Published on Amazon.com
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Roselyne Rey's History of Pain is probably the most comprehensive academic history of all things related to physical pain. Still, Rey's work, originally published in French, is thorough but uses almost exclusively French language resources. Rey is one of the few historians who examined the work going on at the Pneumatic Institution and rightly concluded that these early experiments and treatments with gases were fundamentally different from explorations into the character and problems of pain. Rey also points out that some of the reasons generally presented by the clinician historians for the so-called delayed adoption of anesthesia (purification, dosage, and duration of administration) were not in any way historically causing the delay. She emphases the idea that these technical issues were resolved not just when medical practitioners viewed them as problems to be remedied, but when society as a whole was able to resolve the issue of problematic invasive surgical procedures. Rey's work is extensive, covering antiquity to the 20th century and examining anesthesia, opiates and other drugs, and ways of communicating pain.