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24 September 1992
The Woman beneath the Skin: A Doctor’s Patients in 18th-Century Germany 
by Barbara Duden, translated by Thomas Dunlap.
Harvard, 241 pp., £19.95, September 1991, 0 674 95403 3
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The Nature of their Bodies: Women and their Doctors in Victorian Canada 
by Wendy Mitchinson.
Toronto, 474 pp., £40, August 1991, 0 8020 5901 5
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Hidden Anxieties: Male Sexuality, 1900-1950 
by Lesley Hall.
Polity, 218 pp., £35, May 1991, 0 7456 0741 1
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... medical treatises and descriptions of past eras against this reality is an unproblematic exercise. Barbara Duden argues strongly that this is a simplistic view which, at the very least, makes it impossible for us to understand either the medical practice of the past or the changing ways in which the body has been experienced; it also blinds us to the fact ...

Hungry Ghosts

Paul Connerton

19 April 1990
Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Parts I-III 
edited by Michel Feher, Ramona Naddaff and Nadia Tazi.
Zone, 480 pp., £35.95, May 1989, 0 942299 25 6
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... of China and Japan to those of Melanesia and the Aztecs. The bibliography, compiled by Barbara Duden, leaves no doubt as to the vast quantity of published work bearing directly on the social construction of the body. Yet if one stops to ask in what sense the body is socially constructed no precise answer is forthcoming from these three ...

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