Title

Neurasthenic Nation: America's Search for Health, Happiness, and Comfort, 1869-1920

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Rutgers University Press

Place of Publication

New Brunswick, New Jersey

ISBN/ISSN

978-0-8135-5131-9

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Neurasthenic Nation investigates how the concept of neurasthenia, a common medical diagnosis in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, helped doctors and patients, men and women, and advertisers and consumers negotiate changes commonly associated with “modernity.” Combining a survey of medical and popular literature on neurasthenia with original research into rare archives of personal letters, patient records, and corporate files, this book charts the emergence of a “neurasthenic nation”—a place where people saw their personal health as inextricably tied to the pitfalls and possibilities of a changing world.

Keywords

health, medicine, culture, history, neurasthenia, advertising, consumerism, neurology, psychiatry, gender, United States

Disciplines

American Studies | Cultural History | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History | History of Gender | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Psychiatry and Psychology | Social History | United States History

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