Meanings of Pain

  • Simon van Rysewyk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Simon van Rysewyk
    Pages 1-22
  3. Stuart W. G. Derbyshire
    Pages 23-36
  4. Magali Fernández-Salazar
    Pages 55-69
  5. Simon van Rysewyk
    Pages 71-86
  6. Jessie Dezutter, Laura Dewitte, Siebrecht Vanhooren
    Pages 211-226
  7. Samantha Bunzli, Anne Smith, Rob Schütze, Peter O’Sullivan
    Pages 227-250
  8. Karin Säll Hansson, Carina Elmqvist, Gunilla Lindqvist, Kent Stening
    Pages 295-307
  9. Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
    Pages 309-324
  10. Melita J. Giummarra, Lincoln M. Tracy, Kurtis A. Young, Bernadette M. Fitzgibbon
    Pages 355-373
  11. Michel Barrot, Eric Salvat, Ipek Yalcin
    Pages 375-388
  12. David B. Morris
    Pages 389-401

About this book


Although pain is widely recognized by clinicians and researchers as an experience, pain is always felt in a patient-specific way rather than experienced for what it objectively is, making perceived meaning important in the study of pain. The book contributors explain why meaning is important in the way that pain is felt and promote the integration of quantitative and qualitative methods to study meanings of pain. For the first time in a book, the study of the meanings of pain is given the attention it deserves.

All pain research and medicine inevitably have to negotiate how pain is perceived, how meanings of pain can be described within the fabric of a person’s life and neurophysiology, what factors mediate them, how they interact and change over time, and how the relationship between patient, researcher, and clinician might be understood in terms of meaning.

Though meanings of pain are not intensively studied in contemporary pain research or thoroughly described as part of clinical assessment, no pain researcher or clinician can avoid asking questions about how pain is perceived or the types of data and scientific methods relevant in discovering the answers.


Pain Meaning Experience Phenomenology Neuroscience

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon van Rysewyk
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Humanities, Department of Philosophy and Gender StudiesUniversity of TasmaniaTasmaniaAustralia

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