The Empathy Exams

 By Inez Tan

Leslie Jamison’s essays in The Empathy Exams ask – and begin to answer – an array of important questions about pain, healing, and empathy.

To list just a few: When does empathy actually reinforce the pain it wants to console?

Can pain be actual and constructed at the same time?

And how do we represent female pain without producing a culture in which this pain has been fetishized to the point of fantasy or imperative?