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The Great Starvation Experiment by Todd Tucker
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Dec 14, 2007

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bookshelves: eating-disorders, grotesque
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Read in April, 2006

this book examines a little-known experiment during WWII where a large group of healthy young men volunteered to undergo starvation so that researchers could learn how to most effectively rehabilitate those in concentration camps. it was a groundbreaking study at the time, as very little was known about the effects of starvation, particularly on mental health. the study has been recuperated by feminists who point to it as proof that anorexia is a gendered disorder only because women are encouraged to go on extreme diets; as this study shows, men become as paranoid, obsessive, and hostile as women do when told they cannot eat.

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