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Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain
The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder





ISBN 9781138664609
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
256 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Explaining a Fashionable Disorder; Chapter 1 Defining Nervous Disease in Eighteenth-Century Britain; Chapter 2 Quacks, Social Climbers, Social Critics and Gentlemen Physicians: The Nerve Doctors of late Eighteenth-Century Britain; Chapter 3 ‘Fester’d with Nonsense’: Nervous Patients in late Eighteenth-Century Britain; Chapter 4 The Pursuit of Health: The Treatment of Nervous Disease; Chapter 5 A Disease of the Body and of the Times; Chapter 6 Epilogue;

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Heather R. Beatty