All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain by Mara Buchbinder

By Mara Buchbinder

Even supposing discomfort is a common human event, many view the ache of others as inner most, immune to language, and, consequently, basically unknowable. And, but, regardless of the most obvious limits to comprehending another’s inner country, language is all that we have got to translate soreness from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon richly defined in literature, drugs, and daily life. with out denying the non-public dimensions of discomfort, All on your Head deals a wholly clean standpoint that considers how soreness could be configured, controlled, defined, or even skilled in deeply relational ways.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric discomfort medical institution in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent sufferers, and their households make experience of confusing indicators and paintings to relieve discomfort. via cautious awareness to the language of pain—including narratives, conversations, types, and metaphors—and specified research of the way younger discomfort victims make that means via interactions with others, her ebook unearths that in spite of the fact that deepest ache will be, making experience of it really is profoundly social.

NOTE: the writer doesn't hypocritically tackle the problem of male neonatal circumcision, might be simply because she is Jewish?

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Much of what initially captured my attention in the early days of my research was how unusual the West Clinic seemed within the broader landscape of US healthcare. The clinic’s patient population represented the upper end of the socioeconomic spectrum. Apart from serving a large number of Jewish families, it hardly reflected the surrounding area’s ethnic and racial diversity. The dispersal of clinical sites, diffuse structure, and limited reimbursement for many therapies likewise distinguished it from other pediatric pain clinics in which I interviewed clinicians.

59 Explanatory Roadblocks If chronic pain represents a failure of medicine, as several analysts have suggested,60 then this failure can be read partially as a failure of explanation. In thinking about such failures, it may be helpful to revisit the four dimensions of biomedical explanation that I introduced in the previous section. First, cause. From a biomedical perspective, explaining pain is closely related to diagnostic nosology. Yet the etiological mechanisms for pain are complex, and there may not be a simple linear relationship between pain and underlying pathology.

This commitment illustrates the clinic’s moral stance toward affirming the authenticity of adolescents’ suffering. Yet what might be at stake if the pain were not real, and why would clinicians work so hard to legitimize it? I propose that “unreal” pain would suggest deeper troubles, which biomedicine might not be equipped to address. Upholding the reality of pain was therefore a gesture of care aimed at shielding families from their children’s vulnerability and preserving cultural ideals of childhood innocence.

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