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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 ...
By the end of the last century, pain had become a regulator of body functions,
subject to the laws of nature; it needed no more metaphysical explanation.54 It
had ceased to deserve any mystical respect and could be subjected to empirical
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The most explosive, uncompromising, thoroughly researched attack on the gravest health hazard we face today: our medical system. In this landmark book, one of the most brilliant social critics of our ... Read full review
The Medicalization of Life
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