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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Freund
ISBN: 0226262812 9780226262819
OCLC Number: 939761841
Description: viii, 216 p. : illustrations
Contents: 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. As hulking new buildings overspread blocks and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the sun, and  Read more...

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