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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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The Depths and the Possible Heights

The Depths and the Possible Heights

First published in Medical News (10 July 1964), pp. 16–17.

(p.67) 12 The Depths and the Possible Heights
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

Oxford University Press

This is a review of Sauerbruch and Wenke's Pain: Its Meaning and Significance that appeared in Medical News. This is a wide-ranging and reflective analysis of the revised English edition of a book which was first published in German in 1936. The aim of the authors is to bring together the results ‘of both medical and philosophical discussion in a complementary whole’. The book contains a discussion of the arguments about the utility and otherwise of pain; there is a chapter on the psychology of pain; and an exploration of theories and theologies of suffering. The review quotes from a remarkable range of reading, including the works of Buber and de Chardin, and the book is seen as ‘a valuable and necessary corrective to a purely positivist approach to the problems of pain and people in pain’.

Keywords:   Medical News, psychology, pain, Sauerbruch, Wenke, suffering

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