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The Problem of Pain in Medicine, Culture, and Public Policy

On Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, 2002, a multidisciplinary conference on The Problem of Pain in Medicine, Culture, and Public Policy, will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (at the Hyatt Regency Hotel). The conference draws together medical ethicists, clinicians, policymakers, historians, epidemiologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars from other fields of the medical humanities and social sciences for discussion of a group of pre-circulated papers discussing the evolution of pain medicine in relation to public policy controversies (from addiction to end-of-life care), and in relation to evolving debates about patient credibility, ethnic identity, religion, the cultures of science and health care, and the cultural meaning of pain.

Topics will include: 1) At the Crossroads? Pain and Policy in the 1990s; 2) Do They Feel It Like We Do? Race Relations, Ethnicity, and the Recognition of Pain; 3) Locating Pain: Saints, Scientists, and the Psyche; 4) Crisis and Credibility: Making Sense of the Patient in Pain.

The conference is sponsored by the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Rutgers Universityís Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research; the Rutgers Department of History; and the History Departmentís Graduate Program in Technology, the Environment, and Health. It is organized by Keith Wailoo, Professor of History and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University, with the assistance of Stephen Pemberton, Postdoctoral Fellow in History and the Institute for Health.

The conference program and registration information are now available.


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