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Appetite and Its Discontents – Science, Medicine, and the Urge to Eat, 1750-1950 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Appetite and Its Discontents: Science, Medicine, and the Urge to Eat, 1750-1950

Elizabeth A. Williams


This book explores contemporary worries over eating through the lens of the history of science and medicine. It shows how appetite, once a matter of personal inclination and everyday life, from around 1750 became an object of science, something to be managed by knowledgeable experts. At the same time it traces the disturbing story of how forms of troubled eating once seen as symptomatic of many illnesses emerged as independent diseases called “eating disorders.” The study begins by examining the traditional view, upheld by physicians and philosophers for centuries, that individual appetite was ... More

Keywords: eating, appetite, experts, vitalism, experimentalism, holism, instinctivism, eating disorders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226692999
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226693187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth A. Williams, author
Oklahoma State University

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