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Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd Since 1700

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Morbid Anatomy
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Time Out says

The Morbid Anatomy Museum reveals the odd appreciation (and often pride) the elite of the 1700s had for certain illnesses. From gout (now arthritis) to venereal disease, apparently 18th-century fancy people loved a good medical issue. Even a popular French writer was noted for saying, "I've got the pox! At last!" when he was diagnosed with VD. But before you judge, historian and host Dr. James Kennaway will also argue that modern-day illnesses like anorexia and ADHD are considered just as classy and esteemed as "vintage" maladies.


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