Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Psychology - 374 pages
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Winner of four major awards, this updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion, "wonders of science" whose families capitalized on their ability to survive on flower petals and air, silent screen stars whose strict "slimming" regimens inspired a generation. Here, too, is a fascinating look at how the cultural ramifications of the Industrial Revolution produced a disorder that continues to render privileged young women helpless. Incisive, compassionate, illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all women who are interested in the origins and future of this complex, modern and characteristically female disease.
 

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This book was relatively easy to read; however, it did have a few slow points. If there was more of an environment/era overview focus rather than a few specific era case studies, I think the book ... Read full review

Fasting girls: the emergence of anorexia nervosa as a modern disease

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Historian Brumberg (Cornell) has produced an excellent study of anorexia nervosa from a Medieval form of sacred possession, to a Victorian curiosity, to a modern condition that experts cannot ... Read full review

Contents

Prefirce
3
Anorexia Nervosa in the l980s
26
From Sninthood to Patienthood
62
Einergence of the Modern Disease
101
Love and Food in the Bourgeois Family
139
The Appetite as Voice
161
Hormones and Psychotherapy
185
Modern Dieting
231
Afterword
255
Postscript
269
Notes
276
Acknowledgments
289
3T
366
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Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.

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