Segments in this Video

Unrelieved Pain in Poor World (03:53)


Julie Livingston describes an oncology unit in southern Africa, the great pain of a man dying of prostate cancer, and the lack of medical resources available.

Social Cost of Pain (03:12)

In the global South, hospitals and people lack medicine to manage pain. Patients writhe in constant pain and retreat from social life. One hospice built a screaming room. Pain has immense social effects, as relatives devote resources to caring for loved ones.

Ethnography (02:12)

Pain sufferers in the poor world need circulation of long-standing tools rather than new technology. Ethnography, a scientific method of long-term participant observation, helps us see pain as a problem.

Statistics on Morphine Use (01:01)

Some countries consume 1,000 or more times as much morphine as others, an indication that some are severely deprived.

Pain Ignored (02:32)

Health systems focus on particular diseases rather than pain itself, and governments focus more on abuse prevention than legitimate opiate use. Health systems are measured by outcomes rather than patient experiences.

Role of Pain Relief in Medical Care (01:29)

Pain relief is integral to effective medical care, not a substitute for it, humanizing the process and psychically relieving caregivers. Ethnography reveals pain hidden by statistics.

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Breaking the Wall of Pain: How Ethnography Can Help to Identify the Hidden Epidemic of the Global South

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From public health to history and anthropology, African historian Julie Livingston takes an innovative stance on improving conditions for African patients and clinical staff, particularly those dealing with cancer and issues of pain and palliation. With Fulbright-Hays and Rutgers University fellowships, Livingston has built her body of work on over a decade of research, mainly in Botswana, exploring questions of disability, chronic illness, aging, suicide, personal debt, caregiving, disgust, and citizenship. In this 2010 Falling Walls lecture video, this committed ethnographer conceptualizes the human body as a moral condition and shows the ethical implications of the different “pain relief politics” existing in the global South and North. (15 minutes)

Length: 15 minutes

Item#: BVL49414

ISBN: 978-1-62290-475-4

Copyright date: ©2010

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