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Meanings of Pain

Volume 2: Common Types of Pain and Language

Editors: van Rysewyk, Simon (Ed.)

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  • Provides a study of pain in which meaning is essential to the way pain is felt 
  • Describes meanings of pain in patients with common forms of chronic pain
  • Discusses the importance of meaning in pain assessment, diagnosis, clinical language and medical stigmatisation
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About this book

Experiential evidence shows that pain is associated with common meanings. These include a meaning of threat or danger, which is experienced as immediately distressing or unpleasant; cognitive meanings, which are focused on the long-term consequences of having chronic pain; and existential meanings such as hopelessness, which are more about the person with chronic pain than the pain itself. 

This interdisciplinary book - the second in the three-volume Meanings of Pain series edited by Dr Simon van Rysewyk - aims to better understand pain by describing experiences of pain and the meanings these experiences hold for the people living through them. The lived experiences of pain described here involve various types of chronic pain, including spinal pain, labour pain, rheumatic pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, endometriosis-associated pain, and cancer-related pain. Two chapters provide narrative descriptions of pain, recounted and interpreted by people with pain.

Language is important to understanding the meaning of pain since it is the primary tool human beings use to manipulate meaning. As discussed in the book, linguistic meaning may hold clues to understanding some pain-related experiences, including the stigmatisation of people with pain, the dynamics of patient-clinician communication, and other issues, such as relationships between pain, public policy and the law, and attempts to develop a taxonomy of pain that is meaningful for patients. Clinical implications are described in each chapter.

This book is intended for people with pain, their family members or caregivers, clinicians, researchers, advocates, and policy makers.


About the authors

Simon van Rysewyk is a University Associate in the Department of Philosophy and Gender Studies, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tasmania in 2013. 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, meaning, phenomenology, and experiential research methods.

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. He has edited the 2016 contributed volume "Meanings of Pain", the first book in a three-volume series published by Springer.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Exploring the Meanings of Pain: My Pain Story

    Pages 1-15

    Belton, Joletta

  • After the Tango in the Doorway: An Autoethnography of Living with Persistent Pain

    Pages 17-35

    Lennox Thompson, Bronwyn

  • Diagnosing Human Suffering and Pain: Integrating Phenomenology in Science and Medicine

    Pages 37-58

    Bustan, Smadar

  • “Pain Takes Over Everything”: The Experience of Pain and Strategies for Management

    Pages 59-76

    Crowe, Marie (et al.)

  • Changing Pain: Making Sense of Rehabilitation in Persistent Spine Pain

    Pages 77-102

    Eubanks, James E. (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24154-4
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $219.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24153-7
  • 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
Book Subtitle
Volume 2: Common Types of Pain and Language
Editors
  • Simon van Rysewyk
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24154-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24154-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24153-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 301
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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