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The song of our scars : the untold story of pain

Warraich, Haider(author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781541675308 : HRD
  • ISBN: 1541675304 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9781541675292
  • Physical Description: print
    vii, 307 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: What we talk about when we talk about pain -- How we hurt : the biology of acute pain -- No end in sight : how chronic pain erases a person -- Rage inside the machine : the fundamental nature of chronic pain -- The god of dreams : the history of opium andthe cultural transformation of pain -- Angel of mercy : how we learned to stop worrying and love the pill -- Crown of thorns : the hijacking of modern medicine -- The pain of the powerless -- All in the head.
Summary, etc.: "One evening, while completing his medical training in Pakistan, Haider Warraich went to the hospital gym to work out. He was in the middle of a set when he heard the sound of a loud click in his back. His body went limp, the weight held above his chest came crashing down, and Haider was rushed into the hospital, now suddenly a patient where just a few hours earlier he had been a doctor. A decade later, Warraich is now an internist in Boston, and pain is a way of life. As he treats the suffering of his patients, he battles with his own chronic, occasionally debilitating pain. Neither he nor his colleagues have been able to understand its source, and he has come dangerously close to an opioid addiction trying to manage it. Eventually, Haider began to wonder whether the problem was the pain, or the way it is treated. In The Song of Our Scars, Haider Warraich offers a history of pain, both as a personal experience and as a medical ailment. We have only recently begun to treat pain as a purely physical sensation, and while the goal was to be able to offer safer, more reliable treatments, Warraich finds that it has actually had the opposite effect. Modern attitudes about pain paved the way for the opioid epidemic and made an already biased system of healthcaremore racist, sexist, and classist: Your pain is more likely to be minimized or dismissed if you are a woman or a person of color, for example, and while the rich are offered ample assistance in managing opioid prescriptions, the poor are often left to fend for themselves. The medical community's attitudes toward pain have inspired us to make arbitrary and ill-supported distinctions between the "real" pain of the body and the "fake" pain that's in your head. And they have blinded us to the possibility that sometimes learning to live with your pain is better than trying to eliminate it. In the end, Warraich considers the possibility that pain, particularly chronic pain, is sometimes more usefully treated as an emotion than a sensation. A deeply felt investigation from a rising talent, The Song of Our Scars is both a trenchant indictment of a system gone astray and an empathic plea for a more holistic understanding of the human body"--
Subject: Warraich, Haider Health
Pain History
Pain Treatment
Pain Social aspects
Chronic pain Physiological aspects
Chronic pain Psychological aspects
Chronic pain Patients United States Biography
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