Nervous Disease in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: The Reality of a Fashionable Disorder


Heather R Beatty

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This study, based on extensive use of eighteenth-century newspapers, hospital registers and case notes, examines the experience of suffering from nervous disease – a supposedly upper-class malady. Beatty concludes that ‘nervousness’ was a legitimate medical diagnosis with a firm basis in eighteenth-century medical theory.