The Language of Pain

BBC Radio 4

Virginia Woolf claimed that English has no words to express what it feels like to be in pain. Professor Joanna Bourke sets out to challenge this notion, exploring archive from the last two centuries to illustrate the rich metaphorical language people have used to express pain, and demonstrate why doctors need to pay attention to what their patients say.


Produced by Isabel Sutton

Broadcast on 2nd May 2015