Disease of Virgins: Green Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty / Edition 1

Disease of Virgins: Green Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty / Edition 1

by Helen King, King Helen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415226627

ISBN-13: 9780415226622

Pub. Date: 10/22/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From an acclaimed author in the field, this is a compelling study of the origins and history of the disease commonly seen as afflicting young unmarried girls.

Understanding of the condition turned puberty and virginity into medical conditions, and Helen King stresses the continuity of this disease through history,depsite enormous shifts in medical understanding

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Overview

From an acclaimed author in the field, this is a compelling study of the origins and history of the disease commonly seen as afflicting young unmarried girls.

Understanding of the condition turned puberty and virginity into medical conditions, and Helen King stresses the continuity of this disease through history,depsite enormous shifts in medical understanding and technonologies, and drawing parallels with the modern illness of anorexia.

Examining its roots in the classical tradition all the way through to its extraordinary survival into the 1920s, this study asks a number of questions about the nature of the disease itself and the relationship between illness, body images and what we should call‘normal’ behaviour.

This is a fascinating and clear account which will prove invaluable not just to students of classical studies, but will be of interest to medical professionals also.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415226622
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/22/2003
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1The nature of green sickness18
2A new disease? The classical sources for the disease of virgins43
3The menstruating virgin67
4Dietary factors94
5'The laboratory came to the rescue': technology and chlorosis116
Conclusion139
Appendix142
Notes144
Bibliography162
Index188

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