Pain: survival, science and suffering

10 March 2016 - 18:30-20:00

Lecture: Emma Briggs, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, KCL
Comment: Shawn Vigil, Philosophy, KCL

K2.31, King’s Building, Strand, King’s College London

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Our understanding of the nature, mechanisms and meaning of pain has evolved significantly over the last century but its complexity still presents many clinical, ethical and philosophical challenges. Pain is widespread; a universal human experience and the most frequent reason people seek healthcare. Pain has a demonstrable impact on the individual, the family and health and social care systems. This presentation sets the scene for the discussion by exploring the impact and role of pain and the unpredictable relationship between the science and suffering.