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American sunshine : diseases of darkness and the quest for natural light

Author: Daniel Freund
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
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"In the second half of the nineteenth century, American cities began to go dark. Hulking new buildings overspread blocks, pollution obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the sun. Doctors fed anxities about these new conditions with claims about a rising tide of the "diseases of darkness," especially rickets and tuberculosis. In American Sunshine, Daniel Freund tracks the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online vesion:
Freund, Daniel.
American sunshine.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011034927
(OCoLC)781634234
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Freund
ISBN: 9780226262819 0226262812
OCLC Number: 755004155
Description: viii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; Toward a history of natural light --
The darkening city, 1850-1920 --
The dawn of scientific sunlight --
Sun cures --
Popular enthusiasms: eugenists, nudists, builders, modern mothers, and the sun cult --
Climate tourism and its alternative --
Epilogue: sunlight into the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Daniel Freund.

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"In the second half of the nineteenth century, American cities began to go dark. Hulking new buildings overspread blocks, pollution obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the sun. Doctors fed anxities about these new conditions with claims about a rising tide of the "diseases of darkness," especially rickets and tuberculosis. In American Sunshine, Daniel Freund tracks the obsession with sunlight from those bleak days into the twentieth century. Before long, social reformers, medical professionals, scientists, and a growing nudist movement proffered remedies for America's new dark age. Architects, city planners, and politicians made access to sunlight central to public housing and public health. and entrepreneurs, dairymen, and tourism boosters transformed the pursuit of sunlight and its effects into a commodity. Within this historical context, Freund sheds light on important questions about the commodification of health and nature and makes an original contribution to the histories of cities, consumerism, the environment, and medicine."--Jacket.

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