Grief, Loss, Pain and Placebos


Grief and loss are an integral part of life. But they must be approached in a positive way, despite the physical and emotional pain, for only in this way can growth, development and maturity occur. Of course, help, advice and support are required, just as a young child learning to walk looks for the safety of an adult hand and for encouragement to try again. Medicine is bound up with grief and loss; it is the context of crisis. Crisis always requires internal adjustment and external adaptation if resolution is to be successful.


Pain Experience Pain Tolerance Phantom Limb Pain Complaint Grief Reaction 
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Further Reading

  1. Goffman, E. (1968). Stigma (Harmondsworth: Penguin)Google Scholar
  2. Hinton, J. (1967). Dying (Harmondsworth: Penguin)Google Scholar
  3. Melzack, R. (1973). The Puzzle of Pain (Harmondsworth: Penguin)Google Scholar
  4. Speck, P. (1978). Loss and Grief in Medicine (London: Balliere Tindall)Google Scholar
  5. Worden, J. (1982). Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy (London: Tavistock)Google Scholar

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