Sarah Jacob

Sarah Jacob : The Girl Who Lived on Air

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Though not the first anorexic, Sarah Jacob, "the Welsh fasting girl," was arguably the first to cause a national uproar when she dominated the press in 1869, becoming something of a celebrity. Despite a team of nurses from Guy's Hospital stationed at her home in Lletherneuadd, Sarah died, and the best minds in British medicine theorized about the cause of her apparently supernatural existence: living in spite of starvation. This human story shows how Sarah was made to be the center of a lucrative and media-hungry "spin" on the 19th-century nexus of knowledge between science and superstition, folk-belief and religious asceticism. New ground is covered in examining the medical issues surrounding the case, the legal complexities, and the interpretation of a newly enacted law that reformulated serious crime, the prison life of Sarah's parents--who were convicted of manslaughter--and the significance of folklore and superstition in an unusual and yet all-too-familiar more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 134 x 206 x 16mm | 220g
  • Poetry Wales Press
  • Bridgend, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781720681
  • 9781781720684

About Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade is a part-time history teacher at the University of Hull and the author of 20 books on crime and law in history, including "Criminal River: The History of the Thames River Police."show more

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