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

By Mara Buchbinder

even if discomfort is a common human adventure, many view the discomfort of others as deepest, proof against language, and, for this reason, primarily unknowable. And, but, regardless of the most obvious limits to comprehending another’s inner kingdom, language is all that we've 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 non-public dimensions of soreness, All on your Head deals a wholly clean standpoint that considers how soreness can be configured, controlled, defined, or even skilled in deeply relational ways.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric soreness hospital in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent sufferers, and their households make feel of difficult signs and paintings to relieve ache. via cautious recognition to the language of pain—including narratives, conversations, types, and metaphors—and unique research of ways younger ache victims make which means via interactions with others, her e-book finds that besides the fact that inner most discomfort could be, making experience of it really is profoundly social.

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The chapters examine how each of these frames provide conceptual tools for making sense of pain. Chapter 1 begins by describing how families make their way to specialized pediatric pain clinics, a journey that lands them, as one physician put it, “at the bottom of the funnel”: spun around, siphoned through a narrowing range of treatment options, and spit out the bottom with nowhere else to go. Taking the funnel as a point of departure, I explore the metaphors that pediatric pain practitioners use to explain chronic pain to adolescents and families.

At least in the field of pediatric pain, many anesthesiologists continue to assist in surgical procedures so that they can have more freedom to offer care that is less well compensated. 85 Dr. Novak once remarked that her patients were more psychiatrically complex than those of any mental health clinic. 86 The high rates of emotional symptoms in pediatric pain patients also reflect long-standing questions about psychological causality in chronic pain and how we configure, and continually renegotiate, the relationship between body and mind.

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS All in Your Head is organized around three prevailing explanatory frames—neurobiology, psychodynamics, and societal stress—which form Introduction | 31 the focus of successive chapters. The chapters examine how each of these frames provide conceptual tools for making sense of pain. Chapter 1 begins by describing how families make their way to specialized pediatric pain clinics, a journey that lands them, as one physician put it, “at the bottom of the funnel”: spun around, siphoned through a narrowing range of treatment options, and spit out the bottom with nowhere else to go.

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