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Holy Anorexia

Holy Anorexia
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226042053
  • ISBN: 0226042057
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

AUTHOR

Bell, Rudolph M., Davis, William N.

SUMMARY

Is there a resemblance between the contemporary anorexic teenager counting every calorie in her single-minded pursuit of thinness, and an ascetic medieval saint examining her every desire? Rudolph M. Bell suggests that the answer is yes. "Everyone interested in anorexia nervosa . . . should skim this book or study it. It will make you realize how dependent upon culture the definition of disease is. I will never look at an anorexic patient in the same way again."--Howard Spiro, M.D., Gastroenterology "[This] book is a first-class social history and is well-documented both in its historical and scientific portions."--Vern L. Bullough, American Historical Review "A significant contribution to revisionist history, which re-examines events in light of feminist thought. . . . Bell is particularly skillful in describing behavior within its time and culture, which would be bizarre by today's norms, without reducing it to the pathological."--Mary Lassance Parthun, Toronto Globe and Mail "Bell is both enlightened and convincing. His book is impressively researched, easy to read, and utterly fascinating."--Sheila MacLeod, New StatesmanBell, Rudolph M. is the author of 'Holy Anorexia', published 1987 under ISBN 9780226042053 and ISBN 0226042057.

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