This first major study of girls' health in modern Britain explores how debates and advice on healthy girlhood shaped ideas about the lives of young women from the 1870s to the 1920s, as theories concerning the biological limitations of female adolescence were challenged and girls moved into new arenas in the workplace, sport and recreation.
About the Author
Hilary Marland is Professor of History in the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, UK. She is author of Medicine and Society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870 and Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Unstable Adolescence: Medicine and the 'Perils of Puberty' in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain 2. Reinventing the Victorian Girl: Health Advice for Girls in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 3. Health, Exercise and the Emergence of the Modern Girl 4. Girls, Education and the School as a Site of Health 5. The Health of the Factory Girl Conclusion Future Mothers of the Empire or a 'Double Gain'? Bibliography Index