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Pain: Passion, compassion, sensibility

A Wellcome Trust exhibition
at the Science Museum
13 February - 20 June 2004

We all know pain - first and foremost through our own personal experiences. But we also think we recognize it in the signs and gestures of others. The physical, psychological and social aspects of pain are universal.

The meaning of pain is not unchanging, however, and despite its universality it has not always been put at the centre of the human condition. It has multiple histories - of those who suffer, those who contemplate and study it, as well as those who inflict or alleviate it. Pain has variously been seen as a means of salvation, as the sign of injury or illness, or as a route to self-enhancement.

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.

Javier Moscoso

Javier Moscoso is Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Murcia, Spain


CD catalogue

Detail from Nicolas de Bussy's 'Ecce homo' (1699)
Detail from Nicolás de Bussy's 'Ecce homo' (1699)
as featured in the exhibition

Pain exhibition entrance, 
Wellcome Wing
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