By Mara Buchbinder
Even if ache is a common human adventure, many view the soreness of others as deepest, immune to language, and, for this reason, basically unknowable. And, but, regardless of the most obvious limits to comprehending another’s inner nation, language is all that we've got to translate discomfort from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon richly defined in literature, drugs, and lifestyle. with no denying the personal dimensions of soreness, All on your Head deals a wholly clean viewpoint that considers how soreness 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 complicated indicators and paintings to relieve discomfort. via cautious consciousness to the language of pain—including narratives, conversations, versions, and metaphors—and specified research of the way younger ache victims make which means via interactions with others, her e-book unearths that even though deepest ache might be, making feel of it's profoundly social.
NOTE: the writer doesn't hypocritically tackle the problem of male neonatal circumcision, possibly simply because she is Jewish?
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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. The primary treatment that Dr. Novak and Dr. Petrosian offered was pharmaceutical, although Dr. 87 There was no inpatient pain service associated with the West Clinic, but patients were occasionally referred to a pain program in another part of the state for inpatient treatment. In these respects, the West Clinic was similar to many other pediatric pain clinics internationally, within which multidisciplinary and noninterventionist approaches have been widely adopted.
THE WEST CLINIC The West Clinic’s senior physician was Dr. Novak, an accomplished yet unassuming woman in her sixties. She trained in pediatrics and adolescent medicine before starting the pain program in the 1990s to care for 20 | Introduction children and adolescents with complicated pain conditions. 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.
During the time of my research, the clinic faced increasing ﬁnancial pressure from hospital administrators to bring in more money. A major part of Dr. Novak and Dr. Petrosian’s clinical responsibilities entailed overseeing referrals to clinicians on the multidisciplinary Introduction | 21 team, which included a psychiatrist, two psychologists, a family therapist, two physical therapists, an acupuncturist, a music therapist, an art therapist, a craniosacral therapist, a hypnotherapist, and a yoga instructor.
All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain by Mara Buchbinder