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The Fasting Girl by Michelle Stacey
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May 19, 2008

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bookshelves: disease-health, anthropology, nonfiction
Read in June, 2008

Great writing but poor structure -- this bounds around time and goes off on wild tangent! But it's fun; you can really imagine yourself in the Victorian era. More interesting, though, is how similar that time feels to now -- all these "pop" diseases attributed to the stresses of modern times.
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Xysea As an interesting tangent, I am reading a book called Starvation Heights and it's about a faux 'doctor' Linda Hazzard who sets up this sanitarium based on principles of fasting and enema cleansing to eradicate disease. It seems she starved her patients to death, and took their valuables/money in the process.

It's an eerie read, but I think reading them both close together would prove interesting...


Kate Ooh, creepy! Was this in the 19th century, or more recently? I'm starting to think the 19th C was totally batshit crazy.

Nice to hear from you! Hope you are doing well. :)


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