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Account of Janet MacLeod, 33, who stopped eating and drinking after a series of epileptic seizures left her bed ridden, with lock-jaw and no appetite. She survived this way under the care of her parents for four years before recovering somewhat.

Subject: Medicine

Published in Philosophical Transactions, as 'An account of a woman in the shire of Ross living without food or drink'

Read 7 November 1776

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05 June 1776
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8 pages

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Letters, 'Of a fasting woman' from Alexander MacKenzie to John Pringle, 05 June 1776, L&P/6/209, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 19 April 2024

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