The author is a New York Times reporter who interweaves the history, culture and medicine of pain with her own failed romance (meets married partner-to-be at the same time she develops chronic pain). The result is she lacks any critical distance about her lovelife, which mars an otherwise interesting account of chronic pain. Her history of medicine shows that conceptions of pain have been continuously re-interpreted; good point, but how many times do you want to hear her announce what an insight this is? I would imagine her editor had a long battle with her and lost.beta inappVoteInfo
Spare, rivetting, unforgettable. Driving highway 40 through Amarillo, we put on this tape and were transfixed as the author told this story, effortlessly switching from modern to 19th century to preColumbian American points of view, from ethno-cultural, to military history to language analysis. All this combined with the incredible story of the kidnap, torrture and experience of the Parker females. I can't recommend this more highly.
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