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The Fasting Girl by Michelle Stacey
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Aug 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: medical
Read from November 17 to 21, 2011 — I own a copy

Meh. This went off on too many tangents, especially about various doctors involved (solely via their vociferousness regarding this case. The author really seemed to spin her wheels a lot, going back over and over again (but not in a way that built up her case) to talk about anorexia (nervosa, mirabilis, etc.) and various other possible psychological diagnoses.

Also, for a book that was supposed to focus on one woman's illness/deceit, it didn't have much on her. Toward the end, the author mentions that not a lot is known about her, but...yeah. It just seemed odd and pointless to me.

If you're interested in women's health in the 19th century and things related to "incredible" diagnoses, I highly recommend Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris by Asti Hustvedt. If you want more of a historical look at anorexia, Holy Anorexia by Rudolph M. Bell was decent.

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