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5/13/11: The Pain Chronicles

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By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake City, Utah – As mortals, we expect pain, but we also expect it to go away. But sometimes it doesn't. After unexpectedly confronting chronic pain herself, the writer Melanie Thernstrom immersed herself in the topic, exploring how literature, religion, culture and medicine influence the way we view lasting pain and dictate how we deal with it. On Friday, Thernstrom joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the evolution of how we perceive pain and the latest research on pain's causes and treatments.

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