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Language of Pain

Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief



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

Author Biography

One of New York magazine's Top Doctors, David Biro, MD, practices in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He lives with his wife and twin boys in New York City.
Release date Australia
August 17th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
10 illustrations
WW Norton & Co
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