Pain and communication

Van Hooft, Stan 2003, Pain and communication, Medicine, health care and philosophy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 255-262.

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Title Pain and communication
Author(s) Van Hooft, Stan
Journal name Medicine, health care and philosophy
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 255
End page 262
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-10
ISSN 1386-7423
1572-8633
Keyword(s) communication
empathy
ethics
Levinas
pain
Summary It is frequently said that pain is incommunicable and even that it destroys language. This paper offers a phenomenological account of pain and then explores and critiques this view. It suggests not only that pain is communicable to an adequate degree for clinical purposes, but also that it is itself a form of communication through which the person in pain appeals to the empathy and ethical goodness of the clinician. To explain this latter idea and its ethical implications, reference is made to the writings of Emmanuel Levinas.

Language eng
Field of Research 220106 Medical Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002263

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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