Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Cure for the Vapors

From author Isabella Bradford:
It's not only clothing that goes out of style. Illnesses can fade from fashion, too, as medical science progresses and old terms become obsolete. The vapours is one of these.  A familiar ailment to 18th & 19th c. physicians, the vapours seems to us now to be something of a catch-all term with numerous symptoms - depression, nervousness, hysteria, lethargy, and indigestion, among them – depending on which medical book of the past is consulted. (Read entire post.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

Those ailments are still around but just have different designations...look at the millions spent on Paxil, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, etc., etc., (and unecessary purchases from QVC).