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Editor’s note: pain and paradoxes
  1. Brandy Schillace
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brandy Schillace, Dittrick Museum of Medical History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA; bls10{at}

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One of the most enduring lessons of the humanities and social sciences—and one that I continue to rediscover in new ways—regards the absolute centrality of connections, relationships, even entanglements to our shared human experience and so also toour health. Changes to our well-being become story events, and stories are told. Every narrative imagines a speaker and …

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