Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this book, which is a refreshing and easy read while tackling a wide topic in an informative way

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Individual stories that will resonate with those who experience pain are included in this book, a refreshing and easy read that tackles a wide topic in an informative way.

Elaine Denny approaches the complex subject of pain through a sociological lens, which makes this text stand out from those that take either a biological or psychological perspective.

The overall aim of the text is to enable healthcare professionals to develop an understanding of the vast field of pain. The book is an exploration of the various facets of pain and focuses on the implications for clinical practice and policy.

It provides a review of the sociological work on individuals experiencing pain, the perspectives of those who care for them and the consequences of marginalisation. Research on the emotional aspects of pain, the differing interpretations of doctors and their patients, and the impact of the quality of communication are considered.

If I was to find one fault with the text, it would be the frequent references to suffering pain. However, for those who live daily with pain perhaps this is a word they might use themselves.

Pain is a text from the key themes in health and social care series and is aimed at all healthcare professionals.

This is an excellent book and I would recommend that any nurse wanting to widen their knowledge in this field purchase their own copy. There is much literature on the subject, and this text gives an excellent overview.

Elaine Denny | Polity | 208pp | £15.99 | ISBN: 9780745655550

Reviewed by Moyra Journeaux, senior lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery Higher Education Department, States of Jersey Health and Social Services

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