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The Emergence of Chronic Pain: Phantom Limbs, Subjective Experience and Pain Management in Post-War West Germany

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Pain and Emotion in Modern History

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The complexity of chronic pain is a challenge for therapists. In order to meet its needs appropriately, any textbook of chronic pain therapy now states that monotherapy by a single medical discipline should not be used. Instead, so-called multimodal pain therapy, which should be interdisciplinary, is demanded today. However, this aim only reached the medical public to a greater degree by the end of the 1970s. The ways in which pain was handled were subjected to an historical transformation.1 Over the centuries, the focus has not always been on defeating pain or even on completely removing it. The significance of chronic pain was also characterised approvingly as meaningful at times.2

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Witte, W. (2014). The Emergence of Chronic Pain: Phantom Limbs, Subjective Experience and Pain Management in Post-War West Germany. In: Boddice, R. (eds) Pain and Emotion in Modern History. Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137372437_6

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