Books

Mara Buchbinder’s “All In Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain”

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by Mara Buchbinder

University of California Press, 2015, 256 pages

 

Pain has a famously intangible quality. To paraphrase Elaine Scarry, for the person in pain, “having pain” can be wholly consuming and experienced as concrete reality. But for all its “there-ness,” pain is difficult to pin down, measure and describe. …

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Cassandra Crawford’s Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology

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Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology

by Cassandra S. Crawford

NYU Press, 2014, 314 pages

The title of this important book gives only the slightest hint of the extraordinarily complex account that Crawford has produced about the biopolitics of limb absence and other forms of acquired limb loss, the meaning of phantom sensation and phantom pain, and the work …

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Headache

My head aches.  Not with the “good ache” in your biceps the day after lifting weights, that dull feeling of warm achievement that signals the regenerative growth of torn muscle fibers.  Like a sore bicep, my aching head is also a muscle over-flexed from hours of heavy lifting (read: reading). But this particular hurt is not regenerative.  It is damaging.  …

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Invisible Interlocutors and the Savage Slot: Conversations at “Medicine on the Edge”

Michel-Rolph Trouillot was present as a kind of invisible interlocutor at the “Medicine on the Edge” workshop held at UC Santa Cruz in early May of this year. (You can read my first post about the workshop here). Trouillot may seem like an unlikely interlocutor for a room full of (mostly) medical anthropologists and STS scholars, and …

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C. Jason Throop’s Suffering and Sentiment

Suffering and sentiment: Exploring the vicissitudes of pain and experience in Yap
C. Jason Throop

University of California Press, 2010. 353 pp.,  US$ 24.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Abbe Rose Kopra, University of Chicago

In the 1985 ground-breaking work, The body in pain: The making and unmaking of the world, Elaine Scarry ties the “world-destroying” power of pain to its …