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For April 11, 2023 we will be reading:

Valeria Carcamo-Cavazos and Maxime Cannesson, “Opioid-Free Anesthesia: the Pros and Cons,” Advances in Anesthesia 40 (2022) 149-166. doi: 10.1016/j.aan.2022.07.003

Header for "Opioid-Free Anesthesia" article. Click through for PDF.

Chapter 3 from Martin Pernick, A Calculus of Suffering: Pain, Professionalism, and Anesthesia in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. TLDR on this: “To Suffer is To Live: The Benefits of Pain” (pp. 42-58) seems most relevant.

Title page of Martin Pernick's A Calculus of Suffering with the header from Ch 3. Click through for PDF.

For Feb 27, 2023 we will be reading:

A blog post on pain scales called “Boyfriend Doesn’t Have Ebola. Probably” by Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half.

Amelia Williamson and Barbara Hoggart, “Pain: A Review of Three Commonly Used Pain Rating Scales,” Journal of Clinical Nursing 14 (2005): 798-804.

Excerpt from Williamson and Hoggart Review of Pain Scales. Click through for PDF.

A selection from Rachel Ablow, Victorian Pain, Princeton University Press, 2017.

Excerpt from Rachel Ablow's Victorian Pain, click through from PDF.

For December 13, 2022 we will be reading:

Martin Pernick, “‘They Don’t Feel It Like We Do’: Social Politics and the Perception of Pain,” from A Calculus of Suffering: Pain, Professionalism, and Anesthesia in Nineteenth-Century America. Columbia University Press, 1985.

Title page of Martin S. Pernick's A Calculus of Suffering, click through to access reading from text

Kelly Hoffman, Sophie Trawalter, Jordan Axt, and M. Norman Oliver, “Racial Bias in Pain Assessment and Treatment Recommendations, and False Beliefs about Biological Differences between Blacks and Whites.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 no. 16 (19 April 2016) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516047113

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For November 29, 2022 we will be reading:

Emma Sheppard, “The Case of Chronic Pain.” in The Disability Studies Bioethics Reader. Edited by Joel Michael Reynolds and Christine Wieseler. doi: 10.4324/9781003289487

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“Rethinking Chronic Pain” Editorial in The Lancet, vol. 397 (29 May 2021): 2023. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01194-6

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Two additional readings are available on our Readings Downloads page for those who are interested:
     Susan Wendell “Unhealthy Disabled: Treating Chronic Illnesses as Disabilities.” Hypatia, vol. 16 no. 4 (Fall 2001): 17-33. <>
     Stephen Cohen, Lene Vase, and William Hooten, “Chronic Pain: An Update on Burden, Best Practices, and New Advances.” The Lancet, vol. 397 (29 May 2021): 2082-2097. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00393-7

For October 25, 2022 we will be reading:

Timothy Kirk, “The Meaning, Limitations and Possibilities of Making Palliative Care a Public Health Priority by Declaring it a Human Right.” Public Health Ethics 4 no. 1 (2011): 84-92. doi:10.1093/phe/phr002

Temel, Jennifer S. et al., “Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer.” New England Journal of Medicine 363 (19 August 2010): 733-742. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1000678

For September 27, 2022 we will be reading:

Title Page of Book, Pain as Human Experience: An Anthropological Perspective

Kleinman et al., “Pain as Human Experience: An Introduction” from Pain as a Human Experience: An Anthropological Perspective. ed. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, et al. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

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Rathmell and Fields, “Pain: Pathophysiology and Management” in Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, ed. J. Larry Jameson, et al. McGraw Hill, 2018.