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The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief. by David Biro MD

Released Monday, 19th February 2018
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(Photo: English: A Freight of Pain - on the way to the hospital at Port Said

image: several wounded soldiers and attending personnel lie and sit on the deck of a boat on the way to hospital at Port Said. To the right four men lie on stretchers, all of them with bandaged heads. In the centre a man in khaki shorts lies on his side on bedding, his pith helmet before him. Three other men sit to the left. The arid coastline is visible in the background.

Date 23 July 1917 (First World War))



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The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, a… by David Biro MD

David Biro breaks through the wall of silence in this impassioned, hopeful work.

Pain regularly accompanies illness, as David Biro knows only too well. Faced with a bone marrow transplant, the young doctor was determined to study his pain but found himself unable to articulate its depths, even to his doctors and wife. He has now discovered a way to break through the silent wall of suffering―physical and psychological―and wants to share it with others. In his new book, the critically acclaimed author expertly weaves together compelling stories and artwork from patients along with insights from some of our greatest thinkers, writers, and artists.

In the tradition of Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, Biro’s groundbreaking book is sure to transform our understanding of and ability to communicate pain. Language can alleviate the loneliness of pain and improve the chances that other people―family, friends, and doctors―empathize and respond most effectively. 10 illustrations

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