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Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 213–230 | Cite as

Pain and its Metaphors: A Dialogical Approach

  • Stephen LoftusEmail author
Article

Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education for Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversitySILVERWATERAustralia

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