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Tracing "The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa as a Modern Disease"

Historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg links the eating disorder to Victorian standards of femininity and contemporary ideas of health and beauty. Her findings suggest that increased social mobility put women and girls at greater risk for the disease.

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Other segments from the episode on August 16, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 16, 1988: Interview with Joan Jacobs Brumberg; Commentary on Sam Phillips; Interview with Mako; Review of Don DeLillo's novel "Libra."

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