Listening to Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 13, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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“A journey through art and literature as well as medical experience, seeking ways of understanding, articulating, and relieving pain.”—Perri Klass, Washington Post

In this impassioned and hopeful book, David Biro reveals how to break through the silent wall of suffering—physical and psychological—that all too often accompanies pain and illness. Drawing together compelling stories from patients and insights from some of our greatest thinkers, writers, and artists, Listening to Pain eloquently demonstrates how lan- guage can alleviate the loneliness of pain, paving the way for empathy and effective treatment. Originally published in hardcover under the title The Language of Pain.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
The Elusiveness of Pain
36
Mans Puny Inexhaustible Voice
56
The Weapon
79
Literary Agency
97
The Mirror
129
TheXRay
167
Postscript
213
References 235 Acknowledgments
243
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One of New York magazine’s Top Doctors, David Biro, MD, practices in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He lives with his wife and twin boys in New York City.

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