Rey draws on multidisciplinary sources to explore a universally shared experience. From antiquity to the 20th century, she contrasts the different cultural perceptions of pain in each period, as well as the medical theories advanced to explain its mechanisms, and the various therapeutic remedies formulated to relieve those suffering from it.

The History of Pain 1998, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674399686

Revised edition

Trade paperback

History of pain 1993, Editions la Découverte, Paris

ISBN-13: 9782707122568