The gut feelings of medical culture

Mathias, M. and Moore, A. M. (2018) The gut feelings of medical culture. In: Mathias, M. and Moore, A. M. (eds.) Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture. Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9783030018566 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-01857-3_1)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


This is the first book to consider digestive health in the nineteenth century from the combined angles of politics, literature, art, ethnography, psychiatry, emotional health, intellectual processes, morality, and spirituality. The chapters address the meanings and significance of digestive health in modern France, Northern America, Germanic Europe, Italy, colonial Australia and Britain. By revealing the particular nineteenth-century focus on digestive function and its influence on both emotion and cognition, the volume makes a new contribution not only to the history of literature, science and medicine, but also to current debates about the relationship between the gut and the brain. Here we help to show how medical breakthroughs are often historically preceded by intuitive models imagined throughout cultural production of different kinds.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mathias, Dr Manon
Authors: Mathias, M., and Moore, A. M.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:18 November 2018

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record