Hysteria: The Biography

Hysteria: The Biography

by Andrew Scull
     
 

ISBN-10: 019956096X

ISBN-13: 9780199560967

Pub. Date: 12/08/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The nineteenth century seems to have been full of hysterical women—or so they were diagnosed. Where are they now? The very disease no longer exists. In this fascinating account, Andrew Scull tells the story of hysteria—an illness that disappeared not through medical endeavor, but through growing understanding and cultural change. The lurid history of

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The nineteenth century seems to have been full of hysterical women—or so they were diagnosed. Where are they now? The very disease no longer exists. In this fascinating account, Andrew Scull tells the story of hysteria—an illness that disappeared not through medical endeavor, but through growing understanding and cultural change. The lurid history of hysteria makes fascinating reading. Charcot's clinics showed off flamboyantly "hysterical" patients taking on sexualized poses, and among the visiting professionals was one Sigmund Freud. Scull discusses the origins of the idea of hysteria, the development of a neurological approach by John Sydenham and others, hysteria as a fashionable condition, and its growth from the 17th century. Subsequently, the "disease" declined and eventually disappeared.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199560967
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
Biographies of Diseases Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

Prologue: Suffocation of the Mother 1

1 Mysteria 6

2 Neurologie 24

3 An English Malady? 43

4 Reflexly Mad 62

5 American Nervousness 84

6 A Hysterical Circus 104

7 Freudian Hysterics 131

8 The Wounds of War 152

9 L'Hystérie morte? 174

Glossary 191

Notes 197

Further reading 211

Index 217

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