By Daniel Freund
In the second one half the 19th century, American towns started to cross darkish. Hulking new structures overspread blocks, pollutants obscured the skies, and glass and smog screened out the health-giving rays of the solar. medical professionals fed anxities approximately those new stipulations with claims a couple of emerging tide of the "diseases of darkness," specifically rickets and tuberculosis.
In American Sunshine, Daniel Freund tracks the obsession with sun from these bleak days into the 20th century. Before lengthy, social reformers, doctors, scientists, and a growing to be nudist circulation proffered treatments for America’s new darkish age. Architects, urban planners, and politicians made entry to daylight crucial to public housing and public wellbeing and fitness. and marketers, dairymen, and tourism boosters reworked the pursuit of sun and its results right into a commodity. inside of this old context, Freund sheds gentle on very important questions on the commodification of healthiness and nature and makes an unique contribution to the histories of towns, consumerism, the surroundings, and medicine.
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American Sunshine: Diseases of Darkness and the Quest for Natural Light by Daniel Freund