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A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950

Ian, Miller (2011) A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950. Pickering and Chatto. 208 pp ISBN 978-1848931817 [Book (authored)]

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The health of the stomach has always been the subject of intense medical and popular interest. Yet despite this it is an area of medical, social and cultural history that has previously been neglected as a topic of analytical enquiry. This study is the first exploration of the complex relationship between the abdomen and modern British society. It traces the development of the management of gastric conditions by various, often competing, members of the medical profession, detailing conflict between the ideas and values of surgeons, physicians, psychologists and gastroenterologists.Not simply a history of medicine, the work uses material drawn from both the medical profession and popular culture to explain why the myriad experiences of the stomach and its illnesses have regularly occupied prominent positions in British society and cultural thought. Miller demonstrates how the framework of ideas and concepts established in medicine related to gastric illness often reflected wider social issues including industrialization and the impact of wartime anxiety upon the inner body.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:history of stomach, history of gastric illness, history of indigestion, stress and the stomach
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:30065
Deposited By: Dr Ian Miller
Deposited On:07 Sep 2014 12:07
Last Modified:07 Sep 2014 12:07

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