Pain is discussed as a signal of disease and or a reason to avoid harm. The intriguing idea that pain might have some benefits in some situations is also discussed, in relation to rites of passage and religion. How people try to cope with chronic pain as well as psychological treatments is discussed. Three people help narrate the experiences of pain: two who ran the New York City Marathon and recorded their pain as they did it, and one who has learned to live with chronic untreatable pain.
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