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Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine Paperback – July 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1846310942 ISBN-10: 1846310946

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"A timely historical survey of cultural perceptions of obesity."--Journal of the History of Medicine

"The Haslam volume brings together a wide range of sources, wonderful reproductions, and a basic approach that will give many students pause."--Reviews in History

"Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine is an entertaining exploration of obesity that is simultaneously empathic, stark, humorous, unsettling, cautionary, and hopeful. Go ahead and take a nibble. There is no need to feel guilty about sampling this tasty book."--The Journal of the American Medical Association

"The book is extremely well researched and illustrated throughout and a book which health professionals who have any interest in the causes and management of obesity will enjoy as it explores much more than just medical fields. Don't, however, take my word for it. The proof of the pudding is in the reading."--Pulse

About the Author

David Haslam is Chairman and Clinical Director of the National Obesity Forum, and medical doctor. He is Visiting Lecturer at Chester University and Visiting Fellow at the Postgraduate Medical School of Herts & Beds. Fiona Haslam worked for many years in medical practice and in 1986, while still working she began her research into medicine and art, which resulted in the award of a doctorate from the University of St Andrews. She has written a number of articles on medicine and art and is the author of From Hogarth to Rowlandson: Medicine in Art in Eighteenth Century Britain (Liverpool University Press, 1996)

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