Tag: Pain

Waiting to Be Seen – How I Spent My Time in a Pain Treatment Center as a Patient

The Familiar Strange , December 5th, 2021

I am hospitalized while I am typing this, waiting to be seen for cervical vertebral disease, which is causing a daily numbing sensation in both hands. The wait…

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Restoring the balance: Living well with pain by Else Vogel

Else Vogel , April 12th, 2019

Like dementia, persistent pain comes with irreparable losses: physical restrictions, strained relationships, financial problems, perished dreams and ambitions. Both conditions require ethnographers an…


Dreaming Borders: On Cats and Trauma by Malini Sur

Malini Sur , February 1st, 2019

I dream of a black cat. She jumps over a barbed wire fence, and across it. She leaps from one side from one side of the fence to…


Thinking pain by Annelieke Driessen

Annelieke Driessen , October 1st, 2018

Care worker Annika announces that she does not want to go to Mr Moran. “He always complains.” “I’ll go”, says her colleague Robin, and turning to me he…


What a Brown Recluse Spider Has Taught Me

Alma Gottlieb , August 30th, 2017

After having recently received a venomous bite by a brown recluse spider in NYC, I’ve spent some time researching my arachnid attacker and discovering how to recover from the…

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Research in Pain

Alexandra Frankel , May 8th, 2017

“Research in Pain” 1/4 “Research in Pain” 2/4 “Research in Pain” 3/4 “Research in Pain” 4/4 Sally Campbell Galman is an artist, associate professor of c…

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

Joanna Kempner , July 11th, 2016

All In Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain by Mara Buchbinder University of California Press, 2015, 256 pages   Pain has a famously intangible quality. To paraphrase…


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

Seth Messinger , January 11th, 2016

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 “Ow” of Pain

Alma Gottlieb , February 2nd, 2015

New research claims that saying “Ow” really can ease the pain. Why am I skeptical? Or, rather, why am I skeptical that this works globally? For one thing,…

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