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The lost art of convalescence

Convalescence is the gradual return to health after illness or injury, a gentle process of recovery. But whereas the heroines of 18th-century novels were apt to read and rest while sipping broth in a lace nightdress, nowadays we’re expected to be back at work as soon as the acute phase of an illness has passed.

Words by Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield  is a journalist and regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines and radio. She has written four novels and had short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in various magazines.

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