Sunday, 8 February 2015


In the seventeenth century, nostalgia was considered to be a curable disease, akin to a severe common cold. Swiss doctors believed that opium, leeches, and a journey to the Swiss Alps would take care of nostalgic symptoms.

By the end of the eighteenth century, doctors discovered that a return home did not always treat the symptoms. 
In fact, once at home, the patients often died.
SVETLANA BOYM, Nostalgia and its Discontents

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