Rest Cures: The Narrative Life of a Medical Practice

Rest Cures: The Narrative Life of a Medical Practice

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qRest Cures: The Narrative Life of a Medical Practiceq examines the substantial role the Rest Cure played in American and British literature and culture from the 1870s through the 1920s. Introduced by the American neurologist and novelist S. Weir Mitchell in 1873, rest cures consisted of diets' high in milk fat and extended periods of enforced bed rest during which time patients were denied most activities while undergoing massage and electrotherapeutics in isolation. By forcing a strictly linear plot upon beleaguered and at times incomprehensible bodies, rest cures were thought to restore equanimity to frazzled minds in equal proportion to the increases in fat and blood they produced; patients' once compromised subjectivity, detectable through individual symptoms, were thought to coalesce into unified subjects: blushing robust bodies. The cure's popularity, as a medical practice and a literary topic, documents the social function that illness, and even more qcure, q played in a culture that believed itself in dire need of rest in order to counter the debilitating demands of modern life.Chapter Three Notes Nearly all of the essays on Gilmana#39;s response to the rest cure that I cite here have been reprinted in numerous critical ... See, for example, Susan Lanser, aquot;Feminist Criticism, a#39;The Yellow Wallpaper, a#39; and the Politics of Color in America. ... 4 In a#39;aquot;But One Expects Thata#39;: Charlotte Perkins Gilmana#39;s a#39;The Yellow Wallpapera#39; and the Shifting Light of Scholarship, aquot; Julie Bates Dock reexaminesanbsp;...

Title:Rest Cures: The Narrative Life of a Medical Practice
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006


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