Richard Morton: Origins of Anorexia nervosa

@article{Pearce2004RichardMO,
  title={Richard Morton: Origins of Anorexia nervosa},
  author={John M S Pearce},
  journal={European Neurology},
  year={2004},
  volume={52},
  pages={191 - 192}
}
  • J. Pearce
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • European Neurology
Sir William Gull coined the name ‘anorexia nervosa’. Examples of self-starvation appeared in the Hellenistic era. Holy anorexics abused their bodies, rejected marriage and sought religious asylum where many perished and became saints. The condition then paled into obscurity until the 19th century. Louis-Victor Marce (1828–1864) described such a patient in 1859, but Richard Morton is generally credited with the first medical description of anorexia nervosa in 1689. Two neurologists in 1873… 
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