Life in the Sick-Room / Edition 1

Life in the Sick-Room / Edition 1

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Life in the Sick-Room / Edition 1

Believing herself to be suffering from an incurable condition, Harriet Martineau wrote Life in the Sick-Room in 1844. In this work, which is both memoir and treatise, Martineau seeks to educate the healthy and ill alike on the spiritual and psychological dimensions of chronic suffering. Covering such topics as “Sympathy to the Invalid,” “Temper,” and “Becoming Inured,” the work occupies a crucial place in the culture of invalidism that prospered in Victorian England.

This Broadview edition also includes medical documents pertaining to Martineau’s case; other writings on health by Martineau; excerpts from her other autobiographical writings; selected correspondence with Florence Nightingale; excerpts from contemporary works of sick-room literature; and reviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551112657
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 03/17/2003
Series: Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Harriet Martineau: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Life in the Sick-Room

Appendix A: Introduction to the American Edition of Life in the Sick-Room

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of Life in the Sick-Room

  1. The Christian Examiner (March 1845)
  2. The Dublin University Magazine (May 1844)
  3. Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine (January 1844)
  4. British and Foreign Medical Review (1844)

Appendix C: Harriet Martineau and the Medical Profession

  1. “Medical Report of The Case of Miss H— M——,” by T.M. Greenhow (1845)
  2. “Termination of the Case of Miss Harriet Martineau,” by Thomas M. Greenhow (1877)
  3. Selected Correspondence with Dr. Peter Mere Latham (1855)

Appendix D: Harriet Martineau and Autobiographical Writing

  1. From Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography (1879)
  2. From “An Autobiographic Memoir” (1879)

Appendix E: Harriet Martineau and Florence Nightingale

  1. Selected Correspondence (1860-67)
  2. From Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing (1860)
  3. From Quarterly Review (April 1860)

Appendix F: Harriet Martineau and Health Writing

  1. “Letter to the Deaf” (1834)
  2. From Letters on Mesmerism (1845)

Appendix G: Additional Examples of Sickroom Literature

  1. From Letters from a Sick Room (1845)
  2. From Devotions for the Sick Room (1843)
  3. From Occasional Poems: By an Invalid (1848)

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