THE PROBLEM OF PAIN IN MEDICINE, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC POLICY
Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, 2002
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ
This multi-disciplinary workshop draws together historians, medical ethicists, clinicians, policymakers, epidemiologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars from other fields of the medical humanities and social sciences to discuss the problem of pain. The discussion will address the historical evolution of pain medicine in relation to public policy controversies (from addiction to end-of-life care), and in relation to evolving debates about patient credibility, ethnic identity, religion, the cultures of science and health care, as well as the cultural meaning of pain. The papers (many of them already published) will be pre-circulated and not formally presented. The conference focuses on discussion, commentary, and debate.
Organizers: Keith Wailoo and Stephen Pemberton
Sponsors include the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research; Rutgers University Department of History; and the History Department’s Graduate Program in Technology, the Environment, and Health.
Panel IV. Crisis and Credibility: Making Sense of the Patient in Pain
“Me/Not Me: Self, Language, and Pain” Jean Jackson (Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“Putting Pain to Paper: Endometriosis and the Documentation of Suffering” Emma Whelan (Sociologist / Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University)
Philip Scranton (History, Rutgers University / Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis)
Julie Livingston (History, New Jersey Institute of Technology / Rutgers University)
All are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend must register in order to participate and receive the pre-circulated papers. Registration forms, a full schedule, and additional information about the conference can be obtained at the website for Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.
This conference is third in a series sponsored by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Past events include: “Science, Medicine, and the Cultural Transformation of Cancer” (University of North Carolina, Spring 1999) and “The Politics of ‘Racial Health’: Myths, Maladies, and the History of Policy” (Rutgers University, Fall 2001).
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