‘”A question of trust”: Medical humanities can help ease the pain’ by Sandra G. Weems

‘”A question of trust”: Medical humanities can help ease the pain’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Sandra G. Weems In only the second semester of graduate school, my experience of chronic pain caused me to doubt everything: the value of my literary studies, the validity of my academic aspirations, Read the full article…

‘Pain: From Chalkie’s demon diary’ by Mike White

‘Pain: From Chalkie’s demon diary’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Mike White Last November I was travelling round Australia doing presentations and media interviews about arts in health and making big plans. I have been to Hell and back since then. When I, got home I started Read the full article…

‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ a second contribution by Seamus Barker

‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that persists for longer than three months. In the previous post, ‘What is Pain?’, I suggested that pain corresponds to Read the full article…

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ a contribution by Seamus Barker

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’, but advances in Read the full article…

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ a contribution by Fraser Riddell

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Fraser Riddell Painful bodies abound in the operas of Richard Wagner. The penitent Tannhäuser purposefully endures stones and thorns under his bare feet on his Read the full article…

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ by Véronique Griffith

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Dr Véronique Griffith A woman breaks her arm slipping on the ice while going to get the post outside her house.  When she goes to Accident and Emergency, an X-Ray of Read the full article…

‘An image with the power to heal?’ by Leigh Rooney

‘An image with the power to heal?’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Leigh Rooney. The representation of pain is interesting not only from a theoretical, semiotic perspective, but also in how representation, and the issues involved in representing, come to constitute the experience of pain. The Wellcome Read the full article…

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ by Ayesha Nathoo

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Ayesha Nathoo.  Through my current project studying therapeutic forms of relaxation in twentieth-century Britain I hope to provide a new perspective on the history of pain and its management. Relaxation practices are now routinely and specifically Read the full article…

‘On truth, doubts, and pain: The significance of ideas of objectivity’ a contribution by Daniel Goldberg

‘On truth, doubts, and pain: The significance of ideas of objectivity’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Daniel Goldberg One of Elaine Scarry’s significant insights into the nature of pain is one of its basic paradoxes: pain is simultaneously one of the most privately certain and Read the full article…

Pain in the medical humanities: A special edition collection

Pain in the medical humanities: A special edition collection. Edited by Ben Kasstan with Angela Woods; Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University. Following our call for contributions, we are pleased to present a special edition collection on pain as a field of enquiry in the medical humanities. Our international and interdisciplinary contributors have generously shared Read the full article…