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Author Buchbinder, Mara, author

Title All in your head : making sense of pediatric pain / Mara Buchbinder
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 233 pages)
Contents The bottom of the funnel -- The smart clinic -- Sticky brains -- Treating the family -- Locating pain in societal stress
Summary "Although pain is a universal human experience, many view the pain of others as private, resistant to language, and, therefore, essentially unknowable. And, yet, despite the obvious limits to comprehending another's internal state, language is all that we have to translate pain from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon richly described in literature, medicine, and everyday life. Without denying the private dimensions of pain, All in Your Head offers an entirely fresh perspective that considers how pain may be configured, managed, explained, and even experienced in deeply relational ways. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric pain clinic in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent patients, and their families make sense of puzzling symptoms and work to alleviate pain. Through careful attention to the language of pain--including narratives, conversations, models, and metaphors--and detailed analysis of how young pain sufferers make meaning through interactions with others, her book reveals that however private pain may be, making sense of it is profoundly social"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Pain clinics -- United States.
Pain in children -- Social aspects.
Pain in children.
Pain -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520960769 (electronic bk.)
9780520960763 (electronic bk.)
(paperback;) (alk. paper)
(paperback;) (alk. paper)