Pain and its Metaphors: A Dialogical Approach

Stephen Loftus

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    Most health professionals are unaware of the extent to which aspects oflanguage, such as metaphor, influence their practice. Sensitivity to metaphor can deepen ourunderstanding of healthcare and, arguably, improve its quality. This is because metaphors,and the linguisticality of which they are a part, shape medical practice in important ways.Examples are the metaphors used in pain management. By exploring the dialogical tensionbetween such metaphors, we can better understand the ways in which they influencemedical practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-230
    Number of pages18
    JournalThe Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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