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Author Vandereycken, Walter, 1949-
Title Hungerk√ľnstler, Fastenwunder, Magersucht. English
From fasting saints to anorexic girls : the history of self-starvation / Walter Vandereycken & Ron van Deth.
Imprint Washington Square, N.Y. : New York University Press, 1994.

Author Vandereycken, Walter, 1949-
Subject Anorexia nervosa -- History.
Alt Name Deth, Ron van, 1955-
Description viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Note This translation is based on the German edition, which was an adapted and shortened version of the original Dutch.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [250]-287) and index.
ISBN 0814787843 (pbk.) : $17.50
0814787835 : $40.00
OCLC # 29797170
Table of Contents
1A Mirror of Time and Culture1
  A current view of anorexia nervosa1
  Anorexia nervosa as a culture-bound syndrome4
  Psychological history and historical psychology6
  The invention of syndromes9
2Holy Fasts14
  Supernatural power15
  Penance and asceticism17
  Church's rules on fasting19
  The asceticism of the desert fathers21
  Late medieval ascetics and mystics23
  Modern fasting saints29
3Possession and Witchcraft33
  Fasting and temptation by the devil33
  Worn out and bewitched37
  Exorcism as treatment40
  From possession to patienthood42
  Anorexia nervosa and exorcism44
4Miraculous Maidens47
  Self-starvation as a spectacle48
  The miracle put to the test51
  Margaretha Weiss, the miraculous maiden from Roed56
  The alleged fasting of Barbara Kremers from Unna59
  Eva Vliegen, the mendacious maiden from Meurs62
  From miraculous maiden to hysterical patient65
5Hunger Artists and Living Skeletons74
  Thinness as entertainment77
  Fasting for a living81
  Heyday and decline of the art of fasting85
  The art of fasting in literature90
6Food Abstinence: Medical Mystery and Therapy96
  A miracle of God96
  Miracle or natural phenomenon?100
  Living on air104
  The beneficial effect of food abstinence108
7Food Abstinence and Emaciation as Signs of Illness112
  Atrophia nervosa or nervous consumption118
  Love-sickness and chlorosis137
8Who Was the First to Describe Anorexia Nervosa?143
  Precursors of a 'new' illness144
  Gull and Lasegue153
9Self-starvation in the Hands of Physicians162
  Characteristics of the 'new' illness162
  Nervosa or hysterica?165
  Psychasthenia and neurasthenia170
  Ebb and flood of theories178
10The Victorian Roots of Anorexia Nervosa181
  The powerlessness of the 'ideal' family184
  The growing-pains of puberty and adolescence189
  The affliction of the 'new woman'196
  Discovery of the forbidden sexuality203
  Beauty as a 'weighty' task208
11Morbid Miracle or Miraculous Morbidity?217
  Saints or patients?218
  Anorexic artists226
  The mysterious epidemic239

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