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Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery
Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery
Our Price: $24.00
Year: 2002
Pages: 336
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 1585421359

Product Code: 756782422

Michelle Stacey (au). In June 1865, shortly before she was to be married, 18-year-old Mollie Fancher was flung from a horsecar & dragged behind it in agony. As a result, she suffered a myriad of strange symptoms & took to her bed. She experienced chronic paralysis, trances, & seizures, & was also reportedly able to “live on air.” For more than a decade, it was widely believed, she ate almost nothing. Her case became a lightning rod for physicians & theologians who locked horns over her controversial ability, inspiring a frenzy of tabloid hype & scientific debate. “A tour-de-force exploration of history & hysteria, medicine & religion, psychiatry & psychoanalysis.” Illustrations.

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