Neurasthenic Nation: America's Search for Health, Happiness, and Comfort, 1869-1920
Rutgers University Press
Place of Publication
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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.
health, medicine, culture, history, neurasthenia, advertising, consumerism, neurology, psychiatry, gender, United States
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
David G. Schuster (2011).
Neurasthenic Nation: America's Search for Health, Happiness, and Comfort, 1869-1920. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
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