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Pain, Pain Perception, and Healing: A Primer for Writers

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This ebook introduces the writer to the anatomy, physiology, sociology, and psychology of pain and healing.
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  Page 1 of 38 Cohen/Pain, Pain Perception, and Healing Pain, Pain Perception, and HealingA Primer for WritersLisa Janice Cohen, MS, PTlinks active and verified as of 3/08contact the author :ljcblue@gmail.comhttp://www.ljcohen.nethttp://ljcbluemuse.blogspot.com  Page 2 of 38 Cohen/Pain, Pain Perception, and Healing Contents:I.IntroductionII.The anatomy of painIII.Factors affecting pain perceptionIV.Wounds and healingV.Fractures and healingVI.The language of painVII.SummaryVIII.Example  Page 3 of 38 Cohen/Pain, Pain Perception, and Healing I.IntroductionOne of the challenges a writer faces is how to introduce the right amount ofdetail to make a story feel real and engaging. Too much detail and the story risksbecoming encyclopedic. Too little or poorly researched detail, and the reader may notbe willing to suspend the necessary disbelief to engage in the story. Perhaps as aconsequence of working as a physical therapist for more than twenty years, I find theliterary treatment of pain, injury, and healing problematic in this regard. In thefantasy genre, for example, the hero who singlehandedly defeats a horde of enemysoldiers without breaking a sweat is almost as much of a cliche´as the horse that cangallop twelve hours straight and not tire and the never-emptying elf quiver. Aperfect character is a boring characters and using injury or pain to complicate yourcharacter's progress can make for a richer story.This primer was srcinally written as an on-line class for Forward Motion forWriters (http://www.fmwriters.com) as part of their series Back to School for BusyWriters.” The information presented can be helpful when writing about a characterwho sustains an injury and is relevant to many genres, from literary fiction tomysteries, to science fiction and fantasy and anything in between.  Page 4 of 38 Cohen/Pain, Pain Perception, and Healing II. The Anatomy of PainPain--we've all experienced it, we try to avoid it, and spend money, time, andeffort to battle it. It's not something we generally think about when we aren'texperiencing it, and in the grip of pain, we just want it to stop. But pain is anextremely complex phenomena, encompassing both physiological and psychologicalelements. This lesson will focus on pain from a scientific perspective in order to helpthe writer gain insight into how individuals experience pain. A. Historical Beliefs About Pain In order to have a context for how people respond to pain and injury or illness,it might be useful to examine how past cultures conceptualized these states. For thewriter working in the fantasy or science fiction genres, this historical perspective canact as a jumping off point for world building around issues of how fantasy races oralien cultures manage pain.M alicious spirits/punishment for evil deeds Ancient civilizations linked pain to malicious spirits or understood it aspunishment for evil deeds. Treatment revolved around making sacrifices to appeasethe spirits or to atone for past deeds. Pain was not seen as something that came from

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