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Title:The dialectics of pain and personhood in cancer experience
Author:Adonu, ChijiokeISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:42-53
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:cancer
psychology
attitudes
Abstract:This article explores the nexus of pain and personhood, based on experiences of twenty eight cancer patients, nine care givers, and seven medics and staff from Africa. The data were collected through participant observation, collection of life histories, and unstructured interviews. The article shows that pain, deformation of the body and incapacitation effect the patient's self-perception. The author emphasizes the importance of keeping hope alive in the patients. Faith in God and visits and encouragement from family members can play an important role. Bibliogr., note. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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