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Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives
     

Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives

by Peter W. Halligan (Editor), Christopher Bass (Editor), John C. Marshall (Editor)
 

Patients with striking physical symptoms suggestive of a neurological disease, but no evidence of nervous system damage are typically labelled as suffering from "hysterical conversion". Despite claims that conversion disorders have disappeared from clinical practice, patients with conversion symptoms continue to present diagnostic conundrums to clinicians

Overview

Patients with striking physical symptoms suggestive of a neurological disease, but no evidence of nervous system damage are typically labelled as suffering from "hysterical conversion". Despite claims that conversion disorders have disappeared from clinical practice, patients with conversion symptoms continue to present diagnostic conundrums to clinicians. The disorder accounts for 4% of all referrals to neurology services. This book covers aspects neglected by previous works on this controversial condition, moving away from traditional historico-sociological accounts towards neuroscientific theories about the causes and categorization of hysteria. Recent investigations using functional imaging and hypnosis are covered, as are the neuropsychological accounts inspired by them, alongside more traditional psychodynamic accounts. A section on medico-legal aspects is innovative and timely. The key causal role of life events is also addressed, along with the influence of military conflict and culture in shaping and modifying clinical presentations, and changes in physical manifestations of hysteria through the centuries. Contemporary Approaches to the Science of Hysteria, with contributions from a distinguished international team, representative of all interested specialty groups, aims to demonstrate that hysterical conversion remains clinically important, with potential for empirical research in both social and medical sciences, as well as offering a fertile source for advancing neuroscience.

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A collection that seeks to understand why a substantial proportion of patients in neurology wards and outpatient clinics have serious physical symptoms<-->paralysis, aphonia, blindness, etc.<-->for which doctors can't find convincing organic explanations. Chapters discuss the history of hysterical conversion as a clinical concept, classification and epidemiology, theoretical perspectives, and prognosis and management. The work leans away from traditional historico-sociological accounts and toward neuroscientific theories about the causes of hysteria. The contributors are neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists (along with two lawyers and a social scientist) in the UK, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192632548
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/07/2001
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Cardiff University

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Oxford University

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