ISBN-10:
113866460X
ISBN-13:
9781138664609
Pub. Date:
01/22/2016
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder / Edition 1

Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder / Edition 1

by Heather R BeattyHeather R Beatty
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Overview

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 'nervousness' was a legitimate medical diagnosis with a firm basis in eighteenth-century medical theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138664609
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/22/2016
Series: Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Explaining a Fashionable Disorder 1

1 Defining Nervous Disease in Eighteenth-Century Britain 7

2 Quacks, Social Climbers, Social Critics and Gentlemen Physicians: The Nerve Doctors of Late Eighteenth-Century Britain 37

3 'Fester'd with Nonsense': Nervous Patients in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain 63

4 The Pursuit of Health: The Treatment of Nervous Disease 99

5 A Disease of the Body and of the Times 141

Epilogue 175

Appendix 183

Notes 189

Works Cited 221

Index 237

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