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Published: 27 July 2017

152 Pages | 15 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198738565

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Pain: A Very Short Introduction

Rob Boddice

Very Short Introductions

  • Looks at the phenomenon of pain from a historical and cultural as well as a modern medical viewpoint
  • Explores the historical hierarchies that linked levels of pain and the response to pain to social class and race
  • Follows the history of pain, from the classical world, to the centrality of pain in Medieval piety, and the growing modern focus on empathy and compassion towards pain in animals as well as human beings.
  • Includes discussion of the experience and treatment of pain in non-Western cultures, particularly Chinese and Indian
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven milion copies sold worldwide