CICELY SAUNDERS AND THE NARRATIVE LEGACIES OF ‘TOTAL PAIN’
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.
- Krawczyk, M. , Wood, J. and Clark, D. (2018) Total pain: origins, current practice, and future directions.Omsorg: The Norwegian Journal of Palliative Care, 2018(2)
- Wood, J. (2018) Review: Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell with Anna Wharton, The Kelvingrove Review, Issue 17: (Re)Creation, July 2018
Grants & Awards
- College of Arts PGR Community Building Fund: PGR Medical Humanities Networking Event - £150
I am Tutor on Society & Social Policy (DUMF1066) and run the Dumfries sessions for the Academic Writing Skills Programme.
- 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)