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Two new books on the history of pain


Continuing my attempt to keep up with research in the field, here are two recent publications in the field of medical humanities.

Rob Boddice (ed.), Pain and Emotion in Modern History  (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Chapters by Rob Boddice, Javier Mocoso, Paolo Santangelo, David Biro, Joanna Bourke, Wilfried Witte, Nouémi Tousignant, Sheeny Cully, Liz Gray and Danny Rees (detailed list of contents here).

Joanna Bourke, The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Reviews by Robert Boddice, Jennifer Crane, Gavin Francis, Antony Funnell, Brian Hurvitz, Simon Ings, James McConnachie, Arthur Holland Michel, Jonathan Rée, Jonathan Reinarz, Nicholas Shaespeare and Salley Vickers. Bourke’s subject matter is the way in which physical pain has been conceived of and managed from the 18th century to the present.

Both books are also reviewed by Ian Miller.