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Pain : a political history

Author: Keith Wailoo
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines how pain and compassionate relief define a line between society's liberal trends and conservative tendencies. Tracing the development of pain theories in politics, medicine, and law, and legislative and social quarrels over the morality and economics of relief, the author points to a tension at the heart of the conservative-liberal divide.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Wailoo
ISBN: 9781421413655 1421413655 9781421418407 1421418401
OCLC Number: 856879269
Description: 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Between liberal relief and conservative care --
The Trojan horse of pain --
Opening the gates of relief --
The conservative case against learned helplessness --
Divided states of analgesia --
Oxycontin unleashed ---
Conclusion : Theaters of compassion.
Responsibility: Keith Wailoo.

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The book ends with the 2003 OxyContin arrest of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, a cautionary tale about deregulation and the widening gaps between the overmedicated and the undertreated.  Read more...

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I wasn't sure what a palliative care doctor was doing reading about the political history of pain, but I soon found it hard to put down... Anyone who works in palliative care and has a broader Read more...

 
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