Reviews Exhibition

Pain: Passion, Compassion, Sensibility

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7437.468 (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:468
  1. Vittal Katikireddi (vkatikireddi@bmj.com), final year medical student
  1. University of Edinburgh, and BMJ Clegg scholar

    A Wellcome Trust exhibition at the Science Museum, London SW7, from 13 February until 20 June 2004. Admission free www.wellcome.ac.uk/pain www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

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    Pain. Pleasure. Religion. Catharsis. This exhibition considers all these things, but, above all, pain. “This exhibition is about the cultural place of pain and how science and other ways of thinking have shaped our beliefs, our understanding, and our attempts to control it,” explains the curator, Spanish philosopher Javier Moscoso.

    Moscoso has teamed up with the Science Museum and the Wellcome Trust to look at pain from its widest perspective. He explores not only the history of pain (including its evolution from antiquity to modernity), but also its effect on individuals and society.


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    German anaesthetic equipment dating from the first world war

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