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Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain
The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder
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This study, based on extensive use of eighteenth-century newspapers, hospital registers and case notes, examines the experience of suffering from nervous disease - a supposedly upper-class malady. Beatty concludes that, far from the stereotyped portrayal of nervous patients in contemporary fiction, 'nervousness' was a legitimate medical diagnosis with a firm basis in eighteenth-century medical theory.


Contents:

Introduction: Explaining a Fashionable Disorder 1 Defining Nervous Disease in Eighteenth-Century Britain 2 Quacks, Social Climbers, Social Critics and Gentlemen Physicians: The Nerve Doctors of Late Eighteenth-Century Britain 3 'Fester'd with Nonsense': Nervous Patients in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain 4 The Pursuit of Health: The Treatment of Nervous Disease 5 A Disease of the Body and of the Times Epilogue Appendix


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ISBN-13: 9781317321101
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
Publication date: October, 2011
Pages: 256

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