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Invalidism and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Maria H. Frawley


Nineteenth-century Britain did not invent chronic illness, but its social climate allowed hundreds of men and women, from intellectuals to factory workers, to assume the identity of “invalid.” Whether they suffered from a temporary condition or an incurable disease, many wrote about their experiences, leaving behind a rich and varied record of disability in Victorian Britain. Using an array of primary sources, this book constructs a cultural history of invalidism. It describes the ways that evangelicalism, industrialization, and changing patterns of doctor–patient relationships all converged t ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century Britain, chronic illness, incurable disease, disability, Victorian Britain, invalidism, evangelicalism, industrialization, doctor–patient relationships, authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226261201
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226261225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria H. Frawley, author