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Fat is a manifest tissue

Steven Shapin: George Cheyne, 10 August 2000

Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne 
by Anita Guerrini.
Oklahoma, 304 pp., $25.95, February 2000, 0 585 28344 3
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... dietary advice was pervasive in 18th-century Britain, and, for that reason alone, it’s odd that Anita Guerrini’s fine book is the first attempt at a full-scale biography. What accounted for Cheyne’s success? His evident sympathy for those suffering from depression – male and female – probably had a lot to do with it, and in this connection the ...

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