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The Fifth Vital Sign: What We Need to Know about Pain

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A compulsively readable explorer’s journal of the hidden territory of pain, as profound and insightful as the work of Oliver Sacks and Sherwin Nuland.

A bee sting on the lips was the tiny lance that set Marni Jackson off on a four-year exploration of the many ways in which we suffer. Exiled for an afternoon in the country called pain, she realized that no one had the words
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published 2002)
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May 03, 2016 Pilgrim_girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a journalist investigation not a scientific research -- this is important to remember when you read it. And when you read it you on one hand get a handful of useful facts and references plus some of the author's insights that are good in themselves. This is the up side.

On the down side though the book seems to be a bit uneven (probably a result of taking too long to write and a general complexity of subject) and contains some unnecessary details that it could perfectly do without t
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Anne
Feb 07, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although a few years old, this book gives good insight to alternative therapies to pain and some psychological reasoning as to why some of us seem more open to the excessive degrees of pain that others might not! Definitely a worthwhile read and one I am keeping for reference in the future.
Emlyn Lewis
Feb 26, 2015 Emlyn Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marni's deep insight into the pain educates and entertains like no other book on physical pain ever.
Worth a reread
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A Toronto writer who has won numerous National Magazine Awards for her features, humour and social commentary, Marni Jackson is the author of three nonfiction books: “The Mother Zone”; “Pain: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt” and “Home Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest”. The bestselling “Mother Zone” was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award, and her book on the nature of pain was a finalis ...more
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