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Live at Brookline Booksmith! Haider Warraich: The Song of Our Scars

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Haider Warraich: The Song of Our Scars

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 07:00PM ET
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

Live and in person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of The Song of Our Scars with author Haider Warraich.

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The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain

A doctor’s personal and unsparing account of how modern medicine’s failure to understand pain has made care less effective.

In The Song of Our Scars, physician Haider Warraich offers a bold reexamination of the nature of pain, not as a simple physical sensation, but as a cultural experience.

Warraich, himself a sufferer of chronic pain, considers the ways our notions of pain have been shaped not just by science but by politics and power, by whose suffering mattered and whose didn’t. He weaves a provocative history from the Renaissance, when pain transformed into a medical issue, through the racial legacy of pain tolerance, to the opiate epidemics of both the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, to the cutting edge of present-day pain science. The conclusion is clear: only by reckoning with both pain’s complicated history and its biology can today’s doctors adequately treat their patients’ suffering.

Trenchant and deeply felt, The Song of Our Scars  is an indictment of a broken system and a plea for a more holistic understanding of the human body.

Haider Warraich is a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is the author of Modern Death and State of the Heart, and regularly writes for the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.