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Author Freund, Daniel.

Title American sunshine : diseases of darkness and the quest for natural light / Daniel Freund
Published Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012
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Contents Toward a history of natural light -- The darkening city, 1850-1920 -- The dawn of scientific sunlight -- Sun cures -- Popular enthusiasms: eugenists, nudists, builders, modern mothers, and the sun cult -- Climate tourism and its alternative -- Epilogue: sunlight into the twenty-first century
Summary In the second half of the nineteenth century, American cities began to go dark. Hulking new buildings overspread blocks, pollution obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the sun. Doctors fed anxities about these new conditions with claims about a rising tide of the "diseases of darkness," especially rickets and tuberculosis. In American Sunshine, Daniel Freund tracks the obsession with sunlight from those bleak days into the twentieth century. Before long, social reformers, medical professionals, scientists, and a growing nudist movement proffered remedi
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Climatotherapy.
Sunshine -- Environmental aspects.
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011034927
ISBN 0226262839 (electronic bk.)
9780226262833 (electronic bk.)