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Fasting Girls : The History of Anorexia Nervosa

Fasting Girls : The History of Anorexia Nervosa - rev edition

Fasting Girls : The History of Anorexia Nervosa - rev edition

ISBN13: 9780375724480

ISBN10: 0375724486

Fasting Girls : The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg - ISBN 9780375724480
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Vintage Crime
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Fasting Girls : The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg - ISBN 9780375724480

ISBN13: 9780375724480

ISBN10: 0375724486

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: REV 00

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Summary

Winner of four major awards, this updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: 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. Here, too, is a fascinating look at how the cultural ramifications of the Industrial Revolution produced a disorder that continues to render privileged young women helpless. Incisive, compassionate, illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all women who are interested in the origins and future of this complex, modern and characteristically female disease.

Author Bio

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs : Cornell University

Joan Jacobs Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.