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

By Mara Buchbinder

Even if ache is a common human adventure, many view the soreness of others as inner most, proof against language, and, accordingly, primarily unknowable. And, but, regardless of the most obvious limits to comprehending another’s inner country, language is all that we have got to translate ache from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon richly defined in literature, drugs, and way of life. with out denying the personal dimensions of soreness, All on your Head bargains a wholly clean point of view that considers how discomfort will be configured, controlled, defined, or even skilled in deeply relational ways.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric discomfort hospital in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent sufferers, and their households make feel of confusing indicators and paintings to relieve discomfort. via cautious consciousness to the language of pain—including narratives, conversations, types, and metaphors—and distinctive research of the way younger ache victims make which means via interactions with others, her booklet finds that notwithstanding deepest discomfort will be, making experience of it really is profoundly social.

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

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Approaching pain in this way enables us to situate a putative private experience within an intersubjective milieu and to understand how both experiencing and responding to pain is a deeply relational enterprise. Furthermore, I understand the explanation of pain to be fundamentally at stake in the plea for acknowledgment alluded to above. 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.

Dr. Novak had recruited Dr. Petrosian to join the clinic several years before my research began. At the time, Dr. Petrosian was in his early thirties and completing a fellowship in a different pediatric subspecialty. Following his fellowship, he split his time between the West Clinic and his own private clinic. Unlike Dr. Novak, Dr. Petrosian was not board-certified in pediatric pain, but he had learned from Dr. Novak over the years that they worked together. , gastroenterology, neurology, and orthopedics) prior to being referred there.

4 One mother referred to this thwarted quest as a journey through the “Bermuda Triangle” of pain, a metaphor that captures the aimlessness and sense of abandonment that many families experience as they search for help. Some disappear into the medical system, feeling rudderless and bewildered. Mark Siegel’s pathway to the West Clinic exemplifies the circuitous routes that many families take before finding their way to pediatric pain clinics. Mark lived in an affluent community with his mother, Julie, a pharmaceutical sales representative, his father Micah, who worked in marketing, and his younger brother, Noah.

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