In “The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World” by Elaine Scarry, she begins by making the immediate point that pain is difficult to express. She states that pain is unable to be shared verbally due to its detriment on the English language, as well as all other languages. Scarry takes into account that different cultures may have the tendency to verbalize their pain more than other cultures which are taught that the expression of feeling pain is a sign of weakness. However, even when accounting for the groups of people who express physical pain more often than others, she states no culture, nation, or country, has successfully created a language for the vocalization of pain, whereas in ancient Greece, there are accounts of drawn-out words used solel...
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...ations felt were simply engaged by the body in order to protect itself of any further damage. It is common for patients and doctors to not see eye to eye, but they do share some common ground, unbeknownst to the two. Both doctors and patients acknowledge that pain can be difficult to decipher and express to others. The contexts in which they do so are very different indeed, but this simple fact alone, may make the difference of whether or not society can create a language suitable for everyone and made by patients, those who suffer, and by doctors, those who speak on behalf of the suffering.
Scarry, Elaine. The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of The World. New York: Oxford
UP, 1985. Print.
Woolf, Clifford J. "What Is This Thing Called Pain?" Journal of Clinical Investigation 120.11
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