Health and Illness: Images of Difference (Picturing History)

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This timely study demonstrates how images of beauty and ugliness have constructed a visual history that records the artificial boundaries dividing "healthy" bodies from those that are "ill".

"Gilman tells an excellent tale."—Jewish Chronicle

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Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over sixty books.

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"Gilman offers up the ambiguity of fantasies about health and illness for discursive redemption by his readers, providing insights without judgements which is another reason why the book make such an excellent teaching tool. It is a stimulating synthetic work which reaches a new level of originality, provokes new questions and points toward further directions." (Oxford Art Journal)

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