Fasting girls : the history of anorexia nervosa (Book, 2000) [Beloit College]
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Fasting girls : the history of anorexia nervosa

Fasting girls : the history of anorexia nervosa

Author: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"When Fasting Girls first appeared in 1988, anorexia nervosa was widely considered a new disease. In fact, most people thought it would go away. Joan Jacobs Brumberg's book changed that perception by demonstrating when and where anorexia nervosa originated and why it has become so "popular" in our time. A classic work that is both a biography of the disease and a sustained inquiry into the cultural forces that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
ISBN: 0375724486 9780375724480
OCLC Number: 961881848
Notes: Originally published as 'Fasting girls : the emergence of anorexia nervosa as a modern disease' Cambridge, Mass. :Harvard University Press, 1988.
Description: xvii, 374 pages
Contents: Anorexia nervosa in the 1980s --
From Sainthood to patienthood --
The debate over fasting girls --
Emergence of the modern disease --
Love and food in the Bourgeois family --
Therapeutic intervention --
The appetite as voice --
Hormones and psychotherapy --
Modern dieting.
Responsibility: Joan Jacobs Brumberg.

Abstract:

"When Fasting Girls first appeared in 1988, anorexia nervosa was widely considered a new disease. In fact, most people thought it would go away. Joan Jacobs Brumberg's book changed that perception by demonstrating when and where anorexia nervosa originated and why it has become so "popular" in our time. A classic work that is both a biography of the disease and a sustained inquiry into the cultural forces that perpetuate it, Fasting Girls - newly revised and updated - will stand for years as the authoritative book on the subject." "Fasting Girls looks to the history of anorexia nervosa for answers to some of the most persistent questions about its origins, demographics, and treatment. Brumberg presents a tableau of female self-denial dating back as far as the thirteenth century: 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. Along the way she traces the shifting social and cultural influences that have shaped how the disorder is perceived. Incisive, compassionate, and illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all who are interested in the history and future of this complex and characteristically female disease."--Jacket.
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