Perilous Chastity: Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine

Perilous Chastity: Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine

by Laurinda S. Dixon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801430267

ISBN-13: 9780801430268

Pub. Date: 08/01/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Wonderfully engaging, this unique study shows how art reveals a misogynistic medical establishment's attitudes toward women. Dixon traces the origins of 'hysteria,' richly illustrating her analysis with more than 100 paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries, focusing primarily on 17th-century Dutch works."—Publishers Weekly  See more details below

Overview

"Wonderfully engaging, this unique study shows how art reveals a misogynistic medical establishment's attitudes toward women. Dixon traces the origins of 'hysteria,' richly illustrating her analysis with more than 100 paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries, focusing primarily on 17th-century Dutch works."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801430268
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Colorplates and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IHysteria as a Uterine Disorder: A Brief History11
II"Outward Manifestations": Symptoms and Diagnosis59
IIIThe Womb Inflamed, Threatened, and Denied: Instigators of Disease93
IVThe Womb Occupied, Restored, and Satiated: Corporeal Cures131
VMind and Body Reconciled: "Psychological" Cures169
VIMelancholic Men and Hysterical Women: The Sexual Politics of Illness197
VIIEpilogue: Exit the Wandering Womb221
Appendix: Medical Dissertations on the Subject of Female Hysteria Written between 1575 and 1740249
Bibliography257
Index293

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