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Meanings of Pain

Editors: van Rysewyk, Simon (Ed.)

  • First book devoted to study of the meanings of pain
  • Explains why meaning is important in the way that pain is felt
  • Promotes integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods to study meanings of pain
  • Includes insights that can aid in the clinical management of patients with pain
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About this book

Although pain is widely recognized by clinicians and researchers as an experience, pain is always felt in a patient-specific way rather than experienced for what it objectively is, making perceived meaning important in the study of pain. The book contributors explain why meaning is important in the way that pain is felt and promote the integration of quantitative and qualitative methods to study meanings of pain. For the first time in a book, the study of the meanings of pain is given the attention it deserves.
All pain research and medicine inevitably have to negotiate how pain is perceived, how meanings of pain can be described within the fabric of a person’s life and neurophysiology, what factors mediate them, how they interact and change over time, and how the relationship between patient, researcher, and clinician might be understood in terms of meaning.
Though meanings of pain are not intensively studied in contemporary pain research or thoroughly described as part of clinical assessment, no pain researcher or clinician can avoid asking questions about how pain is perceived or the types of data and scientific methods relevant in discovering the answers.

About the authors

Simon van Rysewyk is a University Associate in the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tasmania in 2013, and from 2013 to 2014 he was a Taiwan National Science Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Brain and Consciousness Research Center and Graduate Institute of Medical Humanities, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. His interests are pain, phenomenology, experiential research methods, and medical ethics.
He is coeditor of the 2015 Springer title "Machine Medical Ethics," Vol. 74 in the series "Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering," ISBN 978-3-319-08108-3.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • A Call for Study on the Meanings of Pain

    Rysewyk, Simon

    Pages 1-22

  • Pain and the Dangers of Objectivity

    Derbyshire, Stuart W. G.

    Pages 23-36

  • Neural Plasticity and the Malleability of Pain

    Gillett, Grant

    Pages 37-53

  • The Emotional Perception of Phantom Limb Pain

    Fernández-Salazar, Magali

    Pages 55-69

  • Is Pain Unreal?

    Rysewyk, Simon

    Pages 71-86

Buy this book

eBook £101.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49022-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £126.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49021-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Meanings of Pain
Editors
  • Simon van Rysewyk
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49022-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49022-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49021-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 401
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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