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Author Verbrugge, Martha H., author.

Title Able-bodied womanhood : personal health and social change in nineteenth-century Boston / Martha H. Verbrugge
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1988


Description 1 online resource (viii, 297 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanites E-book
ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents Introduction; 1. The Etiology of Dis-ease: Life and Death in Middle-Class Boston, 1830-1860; 2. Moral Physiology and the Habits of a Healthy Life; 3. "Know Thyself": The Ladies' Physiological Institute of Boston and Vicinity, 1848-1880; 4. In Private and In Public: The Ladies' Physiological Institute, 1880-1898; 5. Fitness of Body and Mind: Personal Health in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston; 6. "Stronger in Body as well as in Mind": Physical Education at Wellesley College, 1875-1900; 7. "Veritable Crusaders": The Early Graduates of the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics, 1889-1900
Summary Against the backdrop of national debate about female duties and well-being, this book follows middle-class women as they learned about physiology and hygiene through popular health literature, voluntary clubs, and schools in Boston. The pursuit of health also enabled the women to explore the nature of womanhood, and discover the meanings
Analysis United States Women Health, history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-287) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Women -- Health and hygiene -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century
Physical fitness for women -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century
Physical education for women -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century
Physical fitness.
Women's health services.
Health Services -- history
History, 19th Century
Physical Fitness
Women -- history
Women's Health Services
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Women's Health.
Women's health services
Physical fitness
Physical education for women
Physical fitness for women
Women -- Health and hygiene
Massachusetts -- Boston
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 87011284
ISBN 1429400986