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Though not the first anorexic, Sarah Jacob, “the Welsh fasting girl,” was arguably the first to cause a national uproar when she dominated the press in 1869, becoming something of a celebrity. Despite a team of nurses from Guy’s Hospital stationed at her home in Lletherneuadd, Sarah died, and the best minds in British medicine theorized about the cause of her apparently supernatural existence: living in spite of starvation. This human story shows how Sarah was made to be the center of a lucrative and media-hungry “spin” on the 19th-century nexus of knowledge between science and superstition, folk-belief and religious asceticism. New ground is covered in examining the medical issues surrounding the case, the legal complexities, and the interpretation of a newly enacted law that reformulated serious crime, the prison life of Sarah’s parents—who were convicted of manslaughter—and the significance of folklore and superstition in an unusual and yet all-too-familiar story.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2014
July 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
180
Pages
PUBLISHER
Seren
SELLER
Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
SIZE
2.3
MB

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