The History of Pain by Roselyne ReyThe History of Pain by Roselyne Rey

The History of Pain

byRoselyne ReyTranslated byLouise Elliott Wallace, J. A. Cadden

Paperback | January 12, 1998

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Feared by most, sought out by others, pain may manifest itself as a benevolent messenger warning of imminent danger or a repellent nemesis that undermines and incapacitates us. 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.

In The History of Pain, Roselyne Rey draws on multidisciplinary sources to explore this universally shared experience. From classical antiquity to the twentieth 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.

This broad historical perspective, both accurate and remarkably erudite, highlights the extraordinary transformation in humanity's relationship to pain, chronicles the considerable progress made in its understanding and treatment, and explores the shadowy areas of mystery which remain to this day.

Roselyne Rey was a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, specializing in the history of medicine and the life sciences.
Title:The History of PainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 9 × 6 × 0 inPublished:January 12, 1998Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674399684

ISBN - 13:9780674399686

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Table of Contents




The Middle Ages and Pain: A World to Investigate

Pain in the Renaissance

Pain in the Classical Age

Pain in the Age of Enlightenment

The 19th Century: The Great Discoveries

Communication Strategies: The Approach to Pain during
the First Half of the 20th Century


A Modern View

J. Cambier


Selected Bibliography



Editorial Reviews

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionAntiquityThe Middle Ages and Pain: A World to InvestigatePain in the RenaissancePain in the Classical AgePain in the Age of EnlightenmentThe 19th Century: The Great DiscoveriesCommunication Strategies: The Approach to Pain duringthe First Half of the 20th CenturyConclusionA Modern ViewJ. CambierNotesSelected BibliographyGlossaryIndexAn elegant treatment of the history of pain...readable and fascinating... I know of nothing comparable.