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by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

  • Author: Joan Jacobs Brumberg
  • ISBN: 0375724486
  • ISBN13: 978-0375724480
  • ePub: 1120 kb | FB2: 1353 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Diseases & Physical Ailments
  • Publisher: Vintage; 9.10.2000 edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Pages: 392
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 417
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Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa ePub download

Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion.

The book I read yesterday was Joan Jacobs Brumberg's study of the history of anorexia nervosa, Fasting Girls

The book I read yesterday was Joan Jacobs Brumberg's study of the history of anorexia nervosa, Fasting Girls. In it, she explores the nature of the disease by examining the different ways it has manifested itself through history. Not only is the book itself definitive, interpreting cases in their own contemporary idiom rather than imposing modern explanations, it also sheds light on the general question of why certain mental illnesses appear more frequently in specific times and places.

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa, Teenage girls, Anorexia Nervosa. New York : Vintage Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

by Joan Jacobs Brumnerg and Joan Jacobs Brumberg. I really enjoyed the histories of the individual "fasting girls. And Ms. Brumberg's description of the Victorian middle class was priceless and eye opening, considering how that era is so romantizied by a lot of us today. The book revealed so much about how culture (present and past) shapes our opinions of ourselves, especially us women. During medieval period, a woman's fasting was seen as evidence of her deep faith.

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The medical effects of anorexia include hypothermia, edema, hypo- tension, bradycardia (impaired heartbeat), lanugo (growth of body hair), infertility, and death.

Joan Jacobs Brumberg in Fasting Girls: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa as a Modern Disease puts the number of anorexics at 5 to 10 percent of all American girls and women. On some college campuses, she believes, one woman student in five is anorexic. The medical effects of anorexia include hypothermia, edema, hypo- tension, bradycardia (impaired heartbeat), lanugo (growth of body hair), infertility, and death. The medical effects of bulimia include de- hydration, electrolyte imbalance, epileptic seizure, abnormal heart rhythm, and death.

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Joan Jacobs Brumberg (born April 29, 1944) is an American social historian and writes and lectures in the fields of women's history and medical history. Her first appointment at Cornell University (1979) was in Women's Studies and Human Development.

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.
I read this book for research purposes and found much to support and augment my research. Beyond that however, this was such a compelling read! I love history, especially the 19th and 20th centuries, and found her assessment of women and their bodies through that time fascinating. Anorexia is present in my family so there is a personal connection as well. This is not a clinical medical book but a really interesting study of a disease, how knowledge of it has evolved and how it is influenced by certain times in history plus the influence of society. If you are interested in the history of anorexia or, on a broader scope, a unique history of women, I highly recommend this book.
If you know someone suffering from an eating disorder and think this problem has only been around since the late 70's, reading this book will be a great eye opener. Very diligent research and well organized information. Gives a great history and background to this troubling issue.
Informative but overly detailed
Thanks to the author for such hard work! Anorexia is a disease causing an increased public interest today and, as a result, fouling a variety of rumors. This book sheds light on various aspects of anorexia - both medical and social phenomenon.
I never knew the history of anorexia nervosa, but it would make sense. Throughout history if someone behaved differently then mainstream society, that behavior needed to be studied and possibly cured. Food was not plentiful in the earlier centuries and that would explain why the woman would go without eating. I was very pleased with the detailed insight of anorexia nervosa. I should not have been surprised though, I have read previous literature from Brumberg and was pleased then.
anticipated more
I am a clinical psychologist who recently finished reading, Fasting Girls, and WOW, what an awesome book!

The author talks about how anorexic-like behavior has been recorded since the middle ages when girls would fast to prove religious devotion. At the time, people thought this "anorexia mirabilis" was a miracle that demonstrated that certain holy individuals could exist without earthly food, simply living on "spiritual nourishment" from God.

When it got to the 1800s, when society was embracing both religious and scientific approaches, people (especially those who were medically- or scientifically-minded) would send in professionals to observe the "fasting girls" around the clock to see if it were actually scientifically possible for them to exist without food!

Later on, as the societal shift became more medical, the focus turned to describing the condition more thoroughly and getting the girls to eat and regain weight. It was then being assumed that anorexia was related to hysteria or some nervous condition, and the term anorexia nervosa (among some other terms, such as hysterical anorexia) started being used. The author describes how at that time, fasting was in part a reflection of family dynamics and various aspects of middle class Victorian society.

After spending much time talking about anorexia in the Victorian era, the author spoke about the disorder after the turn of the century and how fashion innovations (e.g., ready-made dresses, higher hemlines), increased information about calories and nutrition, attitudes by female athletes and celebrities, and other factors that influenced the more modern version of anorexia nervosa.

Overall, I found this to be a fascinating book, and I learned a great deal from reading it. I offer this book my highest of recommendations for clinicians and interested laypeople as well.
Bought this based on great reviews to help understand my Daughter's eating disorder and it was so boring and contained nothing useful for me.Waste of money
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