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256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781526123299

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Feeling the strain

A cultural history of stress in twentieth-century Britain

First Edition

Jill Kirby

Published by Manchester University Press

Social Histories of Medicine MUP Series

  • Draws on oral histories, diaries and contemporary research to provide first-hand accounts of the experience of both domestic and work stress across the twentieth century in Britain
  • Contributes to existing medical histories of conditions such as stress and anxiety by providing personal testimony and contemporary vernacular descriptions and explanations from sufferers
  • Provides contextual background to early-twentieth-century self-help literature
  • Drawing on Mass Observation writings from the mid and late twentieth century, the book focuses on the ordinary, everyday experience of Britons to trace how daily pressures became increasingly medicalised as stress

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