Joseph Wood

Research title

CICELY SAUNDERS AND THE NARRATIVE LEGACIES OF ‘TOTAL PAIN’

Research summary

My project examines the conceptual background to the idea of 'total pain' used by the hospice pioneer Cicely Saunders.

Using Saunders own published papers and private notes and correspondence alongside the literary, philosophical and theological texts which informed her work, I am investigating the theoretical heritage of a term that is often described as a touchstone concept in palliative and end-of-life care but is rarely the focus of research.

Using perspectives from medical humanities, narrative medicine and philosophies of care, I hope to assess how far 'total pain' can be understood as a narrative concept and its relation to issues of holism, non-verbal communication, and silence.

My research is supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship through the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.


Publications


Grants

Grants & Awards

  • College of Arts PGR Community Building Fund: PGR Medical Humanities Networking Event - £150

Teaching

I am Tutor on Society & Social Policy (DUMF1066) and run the Dumfries sessions for the Academic Writing Skills Programme.


Additional information

Affiliations

  • Glasgow End of Life Studies Group (link: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/interdisciplinary/postgraduateresearch/students/josephwood/)
  • Glasgow Medical Humanities Network
  • Northern Network of Medical Humanities
  • Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (link: https://www.sgsah.ac.uk/research/ahrc17-18/headline_563104_en.html)