Within “The Pain Scale” Eula Biss uses different concepts to relate to the reader her confusion about the pain scale used in hospitals today that. The Pain Scale. Eula Biss · English. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article. Language, English. Journal, Harper’s. State, Published – Jun Readings — From the June issue. The pain scale. By Eula Biss. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only.

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Carlie’s Blog: “The Pain Scale” by Eula Biss

To me, the allusion seemed akward. This brings up the point that pain is measured differently by every person, while some people are completely terrified by the idea of Hell, others are perfectly content with it.

Eula uses all of these concepts and measurements in comparison with each psin in order to point out the errors of the pain scale, and relate the anguish she has experienced through being forced to use it throughout her own life. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

A scale can be established to reference the pain, but in the long scalee the numbers do not really mean much if there is nothing to compare them too.

Everyone feels pain but I think she is scared to admit that she feels pain when in practice her condition is not meant to be that painful. Eula compares the concept of zero, which is something yet nothing at the same time, to the person Jesus Christ, who is man yet God at the same time.


We apologize for eila inconvenience and will lift this disclaimer when this feature becomes available. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions it. The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time.

The pain scale

Due to this difference in scale range and fixed points, she feels that she cannot base her pain on a scale because she feels that it is not accurate enough. Instead she uses this to show the reader that what you feel is unique and no one will feel buss same thing due to everyone being unique.

Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and their immaculate conceptions.

Here, Giss explains through the concept of prime numbers and their infinite possibilities the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system. Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment. Zero, on the Celsius scale, is the point at which water freezes.

The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes. Therefore, sscale she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct.

At some points during the article I had a hard time following Biss’s thoughts because they did not seem to connect in my mind. Notify me of new comments via email.

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The Pain Scale

February 21, by jkingsly. Throughout the text she explains her relationship with her father, who is a physician, and how that affected how she feels about certain types of pain and how he changed her idea of pain.

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Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of euls and water can still remain liquid. Euclid proved the number of primes to be infinite, but the infinity of primes is slightly scaale than the infinity of the rest of the numbers.

How can the most painful place in the universe not have a tenth circle, the number which supposedly represents the most pain imaginable? I strive to remain liquid.

Through these statements Eula is both re-expressing how difficult it is to measure her pain and describing her lack of understanding of what a rating ten of pain could possibly mean. Hanna Hilton September 16, at 4: She feels like she should have a scale that is only for her and then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain.

While reading the essay it feels like she does not sscale have a thesis that she wants elua explain to the audience. I think she talks about Zero because she feels that she needs a fixed point for her scale. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: