Monday, February 07, 2011

Best of the year: David Biro on Pain | FiveBooks | The Browser

David Biro is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in New York. He teaches in the medical humanities division, directing a course on medicine and literature. Dr. Biro's first book, One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient, chronicles his experiences undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

The professor of dermatology talks about the ferocious inwardness and aching solitude of pain. Pain destroys language, reducing the sufferer to a pre-linguistic state - to primal screams.

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