206 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6334-0
Published: April 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6178-0
Published: April 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6179-7
Published: March 2021
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With her engaging and informative style, Abel gives us a synthetic history of fatigue and elucidates how it has been ignored or misunderstood, not only by medical professionals but also by American society as a whole.
About the Author
Emily K. Abel is professor emerita of public health and women’s studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of several books, including Hearts of Wisdom: American Women Caring for Kin, 1850–1940.
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"A personal story made more universal that many readers will be able to identify with, and a well-documented study of the history and current state of the science of fatigue." —Library Journal
"A smart new book. . . . Abel’s work stands out as one of the first to tackle the nature and representation of fatigue itself, presenting an absorbing, incisive cultural history." —Health Rising
"Sick and Tired is not just a medical history, but an account of capitalism and its physical and emotional consequences. These questions are particularly pressing now, as many organisations reconsider the post-pandemic workplace. . . . A convincing model for how to produce meaningful and politically engaged medical histories, stories that have only become more pertinent in the age of Covid-19." —History Today
"Abel brings to light the importance of seeing fatigue as a distinct health condition necessitating direct intervention and empathy for people experiencing the condition." —CHOICE
“An important and ambitious book that tackles a pervasive but little understood medical problem: chronic fatigue. Emily K. Abel offers a unique and creative blend of history, memoir, and contemporary medical knowledge, one that fills a glaring gap in the literature.”—Susan Cahn, University at Buffalo
“Emily Abel has written far more than ‘an intimate history of fatigue.’ She’s written a cultural, social, political, economic, medical, business, gender, and labor history of fatigue as well. She skillfully and compellingly demonstrates that fatigue is a fascinating historical topic.”—Jacqueline H. Wolf, author of Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence