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popular superstition than by high-class religion.14 The prospect which is opened
by the painful event determines how well it will be suffered: injuries received near
the climax of sex or that of heroic performance are frequently not even felt.
If the concept of bodily pain has undergone an evolution in medical usage, it
cannot be grasped simply in the changing significance of any one term. A third
obstacle to any history of pain is its exceptional axiological and epistemological ...
distinguished many kinds of disharmony, each of which caused its own kind of
pain. Pain thus became a useful tool for diagnosis. It revealed to the physician
which harmony the patient had to recover. Pain might disappear in the process of
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The Epidemics of Modern Medicine
The Medicalization of Life
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