Able-Bodied Womanhood: Personal Health and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Boston (Hardback)Martha H. Verbrugge (author)
Hardback 314 Pages / Published: 17/03/1988
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This study concerns itself with the relationship between popular health and social conditions in middle-class Boston from 1830-1900. Women's lives, in particular, reveal the social significance of ideas about health during that period. Against the backdrop of national debate about female duties and well-being this book follows middle-class women as they learned about physiology and hygiene through popular health literature, voluntary clubs, and schools in Boston. The pursuit of health also enabled middle-class women to explore the nature of womanhood, and to discover both conventional and new meanings.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 223 x 147 x 22 mm
'an insightful, carefully-nuanced contribution to the history of American health reform' Susan E. Lederer, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Social History of Medicine, Volume 3, Number 3, December 1990
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