Pain and its Metaphors: A Dialogical Approach [Book Review]

Journal of Medical Humanities 32 (3):213-230 (2011)
Most health professionals are unaware of the extent to which aspects of language, such as metaphor, influence their practice. Sensitivity to metaphor can deepen our understanding 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 tension between such metaphors, we can better understand the ways in which they influence medical practice
Keywords Metaphor  Language  Dialogism
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-011-9139-3
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