Diet and Exercise: Countering Melancholy the Eighteenth-Century Way

 
 Starts at 2:00 pm

Medical understanding of melancholy was transformed in the century following Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. The discovery of how the nervous system worked meant that black bile was no longer seen as the source of melancholy.

Even Jane Austen’s Mrs Bennet knew if was all about your nerves. Who was most likely to suffer?

Society doctor, George Cheyne, reassured anxious patients that it was an affliction of society’s elite, a by-product of luxurious living. Importantly, melancholy, according to Cheyne, was quite distinct from madness. But what were sufferers supposed to do to alleviate symptoms?

Georgian medicine’s recommendation of diet and exercise might sound remarkably modern, but in fact it was an age-old remedy.

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2019-03-30 14:00 2019-03-30 14:00 Europe/London Diet and Exercise: Countering Melancholy the Eighteenth-Century Way Georgian medicine’s recommendation of diet and exercise might sound remarkably modern, but in fact it was an age-old remedy. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/03/30/diet-and-exercise-countering-melancholy-the-eighteenth-century-way-194105 Bethlem Museum of the Mind,Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham

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