Yuri Amano

  • Fellowship year:2021-2022
  • University: Johns Hopkins University.
  • Dissertation Topic/Category: United States
  • Dissertation Title: Bodies in Pain: The Medical Culture of Sympathy in the United States (1830-1865)
  • Her dissertation explores the cultural and political meanings of bodily pain by focusing on surgical and obstetric cases in the United States from 1830 to 1865. Examining the patient-practitioner interactions in these situations, her project explores the place of empathy in clinical encounters and examines the expected attitudes of both practitioners and patients in the face of painful operations. In doing so, she aims to provide an intimate account of the practice and limitations of clinical sympathy in
    antebellum America while illuminating the background of the socially stratified pattern of antebellum medical violence.
    Yuri expects her project to enrich our understanding of the place of empathy in clinical encounters of antebellum period. Furthermore, she intends to contribute to the deeper understanding of sexual and racial disparities in pain relief in today’s medical care.